Garden Stewards are LEAF volunteers who help maintain our six Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens across the City of Toronto. Every year, LEAF organizes various skill-building workshops for these volunteers on topics related to native plants and sustainable gardening techniques. With the winter season fast approaching, it was the perfect time for a pruning workshop, where the stewards could try their hand at this new skill.
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!
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.
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.