Learning Gardens

Is It Us, or Were There More Pollinators This Year?

Monarch butterfly on John pye weed
Every year, groups of LEAF volunteers tend to six Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens throughout Toronto. These gardens provide an example of the beauty and importance of establishing native plant species in urban areas. One of the benefits of planting these species is that they foster local pollinators, including native bees and butterflies. And, this summer, we were blown away by the number of pollinators we saw at our gardens!

Beautiful Flower Arrangements Straight from Your Garden

Three native flower arrangements.
Flower arrangements are not only great ways to brighten up your kitchen table or work desk, they’re also an attractive way to add interest and warmth to any party or social gathering. Inspired by the native flower arrangements seen at our annual garden party, we share some of our favourite species to use to curate your very own (and very instagrammable) native flower arrangements.

A bee by any other name… or is that a wasp?

Bees and wasps are familiar (and important) creatures that are a mainstay of the outdoor world. There is great diversity in this group of insects, but many of us are not familiar with what makes a bee a bee and a wasp a wasp. Read on to learn a little more about how you can tell the difference and hear about one of LEAF’s recent encounters.
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