Virtual Tree Tours: Branching Out Into New Territory

Woman wearing a face masks holds up two maple leaves
In recent months, online events have become the rule, rather than the exception. COVID-19 brought unimaginable changes to the way we all connect with each other and, to adapt, LEAF went virtual. In my journey to re-imagine how the in-person Wychwood Barns Park tree tour could be done online, new and exciting ways of engaging with people emerged.

The St. Clair Garden Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

St Clair Garden with a painted Bell Box and a sign for the TTC
Our St. Clair Urban Forest Demonstration Garden received a major glow-up as the nearby Bell Box had a mural installed highlighting native plant species and pollinators. Just like our garden, the new mural demonstrates how humans and nature can coexist. Thanks to the support of Councilor Josh Matlow, the Bell Box Murals Project and the talents of Nick Sweetman, our garden is looking more beautiful than ever!

MythBusters: Debunking Five Common Tree Misconceptions

Sketch of underground roots stretching out from mature tree
Tree care tips and tricks that spread by word-of-mouth are often accepted as common knowledge over time. However, as theories and tree care practices evolve, new knowledge is not so quick to spread among the general public. As a result, many of today’s common tree misconceptions actually stem from out-dated practices or theories. Because these misconceptions can do more harm than good, it’s important to get to the bottom of the truth.

The Importance of Biodiversity in Outdoor Spaces

Naturalized front yard
An increase in suburban development has led to the extensive clearing of native vegetation, resulting in a loss of habitat for wildlife living in those areas. The good news is that you can help shift this pattern! If you own a property, you have the chance to create a sanctuary for wildlife in an increasingly urbanized landscape by helping to grow a more diverse and sustainable urban forest. So, when thinking about designing your garden, keep biodiversity at the forefront of your mind with these three tips.