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Don't Buy, Donate!

Two gift bags
In the past, I felt myself dreading the holidays or my friends’ birthdays. Though these are all joyous occasions, the pressure of finding the perfect gift is not so fun. But, there’s a better option! How can you give meaningful, environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible gifts without any of the hassle? By donating!

Sintra Ramnarase - Urban Forest Champion

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For Sintra, beautifying her yard is a family affair. Her daughter pointed her towards the LEAF service which resulted in her having a paper birch and American elm spring planted by LEAF in spring 2019. Plus, her grandchildren helped out with the fall planting of shrubs. Her Markham property now has a pagoda dogwood shrub, common snowberries and red osier dogwoods. Our Program Manager, Kim De Lallo, interviews Sintra about her enthusiasm for sharing the beauty of nature across the generations.

Robert Christopher - Urban Forest Champion

Two large Freeman maples with fall leaves
Robert Christopher first planted a Freeman maple with LEAF in spring 2012. He was inspired again to add another fine-looking Freeman maple to his Toronto property in fall 2013. He added more beauty and biodiversity to his yard in spring and fall 2018 with three pagoda dogwoods and an Eastern white cedar. Because he takes excellent care of his trees and shrubs, you can see from the photos, things are thriving in his yard. Our Program Manager, Kim De Lallo, interviews Robert about his recurring support for LEAF.

Six Easy Steps to Harvesting Native Plant Seeds

Palm holding chokeberry fruits
This fall, our garden stewards spent a morning with Lillian Natalizio to learn how to properly harvest native plant seeds from our LEAF Learning Garden. Harvesting your own seed is a cost-efficient way to ensure your garden will have beautiful blooms year after year or to share seeds with friends and family. Here are the key tips we learned that day on how to harvest our own seeds.