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


Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

Read about  the areal spraying treatment program in this article from the South Bayview Bulldog. The City of Toronto has identified certain areas of the city where mature oak trees have been negatively impacted by the Gypsy Moth. As a result, there will be areal spraying against the Gypsy Moth in specific areas within wards 15, 12, 11, 4, 3, 2, and 1. The first round of aerial spraying will take place Sunday, May 26, … Read more Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

City of Toronto Community Environment Days – 2019

  For more information about these and other Community Environment Day events click here to go the City of Toronto website. Community Environment Day on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Leaside Community Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road.     Community Environment Day on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4 – 8 p.m. at North Toronto Memorial Arena, 174 Orchard View Blvd. (In the parking lot.)  

Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Once again, SERRA will be hosting a Tree for Me event. Date: Saturday October 13, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: The Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Road East, Toronto. Please visit the Tree for Me website for information about the species that are available, take the quiz to determine the best trees or shrubs for your property and get ready to register for our event in October. Registration will close on … Read more Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018

The City of Toronto is undertaking consultation to help inform future decisions regarding reducing single-use and takeaway items. You are invited to learn more about this topic, ask questions and share feedback at in-person event, via live-webcast, webinar, or through an online survey. Please circulate and share this information with your networks. IN-PERSON EVENT + WEBCAST Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Open house 6 – 7pm Presentation & questions 7 – 8:30pm BMO Conference Centre & … Read more Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018