gardening

Reimagining the Garden: Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden Master Plan

The city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is currently partnering with the Toronto Botanical Garden on an initiative called Reimagining the Gardens.

In consultation with the public, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and other City of Toronto divisions, PF&R and the TBG is developing a master plan which outlines long-term physical, environmental and program improvements for the gardens, as well as a Management Plan to guide implementation and operations for the future.

The goal is to think holistically about long-term plans for Edwards Gardens, the ravine system and the TBG complex within Edwards Gardens to help elevate them to the level of other globally-renowned gardens and attractions in an ecologically and fiscally responsible manner.

The third and final Public Open House was recently held on June 7 where the draft concept was presented and comments from the public were heard. To review the presentation, please click here.

You are invited to provide input through their survey. To participate in the survey, please click here.

For more information on the Master Plan, visit the website or contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Project Coordinator and the city’s lead on this project, at rhenry@toronto.ca.

Toronto Water: Summer Tips

With warm weather finally upon us, Toronto Water has been reminding residents about the things they can do to help prevent flooding, conserve water and protect their homes.

Gardening

  • Use rainwater to water your grass and gardens.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways clean instead of using a running hose.
  • Start planning a water-efficient, natural garden using native plants and trees.

Car washing

  • The dirt on cars can contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals, oil and grease. To avoid having dirty water run into the storm sewer system, consider washing your car in a commercial car wash facility (these facilities are required to follow a set of practices determined by the city, including treating wastewater and discharging it into the sanitary sewer system where it will receive further treatment).

Basement flooding

  • Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of debris.
  • Disconnect downspouts that empty into the City’s sewer system.
  • Don’t flush disposable wipes down the toilet.
  • Install a back-water valve or basement sump pump.

Top Tips for Summer

Yard Waste

From mid-March to December, leaf and yard waste is collected every other week on your scheduled garbage day. City staff advise that you should wait until the evening before your collection date to put your waste on the curb.

The city collects plant and tree trimmings, weeds, brush and bundles of branches, but does not collect soil, sod, grass clippings, logs or tree stumps. Instead, compost grass clippings or reuse them on your lawn – an easy way to maintain nutrient-rich soil!

Toronto Water

Gardening

  • Disconnect your downspout and use rainwater to water your grass and gardens.
  • Extra watering is not always required – the rain is often enough.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways clean instead of using a hose.
  • Start planning your water-efficient, natural garden using native plants and trees.

Environment and Water Efficiency

  • Use commercial car wash facilities to wash your car – they are required to follow a set of practices determined by the city, including treating wastewater and discharging it into the sanitary sewer system where it will receive further treatment.
  • A leaky toilet or tap can cost an extra $600/month – fix leaks to avoid being charged.
  • It costs only $0.002 to fill a reusable water bottle.
  • Pool water may contain chemicals. Click here for pool drainage tips and advice.
  • The city doesn’t conduct door-to-door water tests – be careful of sales people making that claim.

For more information on how you can be more water efficient, please click here.