Enhance your greenspace – resources for residents with green and not-so-green thumbs

Many resources are available to Toronto residents who would like to enhance their greenspace with trees, shrubs, native plants and low maintenance perennials.

Below are some resources offered by the non-profit organization LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), other local groups, and the City of Toronto.

It’s almost time get those green thumbs ready for some serious planting!

Residents have many options to consider when it comes to enhancing greenspace. Here are some ideas on how you can protect, enlarge and enhance our natural environment:

  • plant a tree in you front or backyard
  • install some low maintenance drought resistant native perennials
  • invest in container gardening t brighten decks and balconies
  • consider  vertical gardens for your decks, balconies and patios
  • try planting a new pawpaw (fruit) tree from LEAF
  • invest in native plants and shrubs that attract birds, butterflies and bees
  • convert lawns to perennial gardens
  • use vertical gardening and climbing vines to enhance privacy fences
  • install water features for the birds to enjoy
  • care for a street or park tree by going to an ‘adopt a street tree or park tree’ workshop
  • start a community garden
  • enhance a laneway with native plants
Below are some links to events, workshops and resources to help get you started.

Programs and Resources by LEAF: Toronto | Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests:

Information Session – Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders |

Take advantage of LEAF’s backyard tree planting program.

Information about plants, trees and shrubs.

Native Plant Garden Kits:

Ordering Pawpaw trees 

Other Resources:

City of Toronto Website : How to Select and Buy Native Plants

Toronto Balconies Bloom website

Toronto Community Garden Network

Toronto Botanical Garden Adult Education Programs

Toronto Master Gardeners Ask a Master Gardener and other resources

Leaf Calendar of Events


Grand Opening of Manor Community Green

Doubling the Fun on Manor Road   Councillor Josh Matlow worked with the neighbourhood to retain most of the Glebe Manor Bowling Club’s green space from development and consulted with the community to make this park a reality. On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 Councillor Matlow invited the community celebrate with a game of Bocce Ball! SERRA is looking for volunteers to help set up a Bocce league for our local residents. Please contact us at serra@southeglinton.ca if … Read moreGrand Opening of Manor Community Green

Grand Opening Celebration of the new Mona Piper Playground

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 Councillor Josh Matlow invited the community to celebrate the grand opening of the Mona Piper Playground at the corner of Manor Rd. and Forman Ave., located beside Manor Road United Church. The new playground was named in honour of Mona Piper, who was the longest serving crossing guard in the City of Toronto, and someone who helped kids cross safely for 43 years near Maurice Cody School. Mona Piper made our … Read moreGrand Opening Celebration of the new Mona Piper Playground

Have your say! Take the City of Toronto Parkland Survey.

The City of Toronto has a 20-year Parkland Strategy that will be used to help guide the long-term planning for new parks and expanding or improving access to existing parks. This Parkland Strategy will be used to prioritize initiatives and guide decision-making regarding parks and green-space. Residents are invited complete a survey to share their ideas about the City’s parkland priorities for the future. Click here to take the survey. The survey has been extended and … Read moreHave your say! Take the City of Toronto Parkland Survey.

Community Meeting – New Midtown Park

The community is invited to attend a meeting to discuss a new park in Midtown. The new park will be located at the corner of Dunfield and Soudan. Meeting Details: Hosted by Councillor Josh Matlow Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road