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


Toronto Parks and Forestry initiative: Every Tree Counts

The city has set a goal of a 40% tree canopy (we are now at 28%) and has a robust plan for planting in public spaces. However, since there is a limited supply of public property, the city encourages the planting of young trees on private property. Toronto’s urban forest is a vital asset with an estimated value of $7 billion. To read about the Toronto Parks and Forestry study ‘Every Tree Counts’ click here. … Read moreToronto Parks and Forestry initiative: Every Tree Counts

SERRA held a successful TREE FOR ME event at June Rowlands Park!

On October 3, SERRA held a Tree For Me event at June Rowlands Park. Seventy-seven trees were distributed to residents of Davisville and other areas of Toronto. We worked in partnership with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) which supplied, free of charge, six varieties of trees and shrubs grown from native seed stock. Participants selected their trees in advance to fit the planting location on their property; at the event they viewed a … Read moreSERRA held a successful TREE FOR ME event at June Rowlands Park!

Get a free Tree or Shrub – “TREE for Me” Initiative

  SERRA is partnering with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation & the Davisville Farmers Market to distribute 50 small trees to participants. Plant a Tree. It’s Free! Visit www.treeforme.ca to select your tree and/or shrub Complete the on-line registration Pick-up your tree or shrub at the Davisville Farmers Market on October 3, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm Get instructions on planting & maintenance at the Farmers Market By planting a … Read moreGet a free Tree or Shrub – “TREE for Me” Initiative

Davisville Village Greenways (DVGs)

Residents of Davisville are only too aware of the stress on our neighbourhood because of unprecedented development at Yonge and Eglinton and on the City-designated ‘Avenues’: Yonge St., Mt. Pleasant Rd., and Bayview Ave. Hence the theme of our recent AGM: “Take Back our Neighbourhood.” One way of reclaiming some of the calm, walkable elements we have always treasured in Davisville Village is through the development of a network of paths or ‘greenways’. These will … Read moreDavisville Village Greenways (DVGs)