Our Stewardship Coordinator, Brian Millward, had the pleasure of speaking with Lillian Natalizio about her experience with LEAF and her passion for the urban forest. From stewardship in our demonstration gardens to participating in community tree planting events, Lillian has participated in almost every volunteer program we offer since she joined our community in 2015! In total, she has donated over 350 hours of her time to protecting and enhancing the urban forest.
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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the LEAF Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens. Made possible with support from Ontario Power Generation, these gardens, located outside five TTC subway stations, demonstrate how biodiversity can thrive, even in small urban spaces. Whether you frequent our gardens on your daily commute or are just learning about them now, we are excited to share with you how much they have grown!
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LEAF has reimagined its volunteer programs and is now delivering many of them virtually. Recently, we completed our first virtual volunteer orientation and connected with 50 new urban forest advocates! What challenges does this virtual world pose for LEAF programs, and what new opportunities does it present?
In 2019, LEAF volunteers and stewardship event participants gave over 4,200 hours of their own time to LEAF programs, such as: community tree planting events, Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens, community events, Tree Tours and so much more! With so many programs and projects to celebrate, we’re taking a moment to acknowledge the contributions made by our TREE-rific volunteers and LEAF community.
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.