Our High Park and St. Clair Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens were buzzing with life on July 25th and 27th, as staff and volunteers shared their knowledge with the public about the importance of plants and trees for our native pollinator bees.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) outbreak has decimated the ash tree population throughout the GTA, including York Region. Once an ash tree is infected by the tiny insect, it will likely die within 3 years. To counter the damage done by the EAB, diverse species of trees need to be planted and cared for. This is where the LEAF community steps in.
This summer, I had the pleasure of returning to the beautiful Town of Newmarket to co-host an Edible Tree Tour with an incredible team of people. Together with local residents, we learned, laughed, told stories, and explored the town! Here are my three most memorable moments from that beautiful, sunny morning!
Growing up in suburban Mississauga, trees were not a primary interest of mine. As a teenager, I never had a particularly strong connection to trees or the outdoors, mostly because my neighbourhood was new and there weren’t many mature trees or parks I could ‘connect’ to.
One of the great tributes to the LEAF Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens is the relationship they foster with local neighbourhoods.