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As a result of the City of Toronto's aggressive and absurdly expensive clearance tactics in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the ecological landscape that once was lush and green is now dry and bleak. 

For people who don't know, there is a greenhouse near the community center, which is run by a handful of local volunteers and community members. The gardens surrounding the space served as an extension of the growing season, however, on Wednesday afternoon, a local informed the group that a bulldozer clamped away every last bit of their plants and efforts in a matter of minutes. The group was given no warning prior to this removal, which meant all their personal property, time, energy, and love was just thrown out, along with the community's canoe, which symbolized the Lost Rivers project that was generously donated by the David Suzuki Foundation... because “who knows what could be in there, they could have stashed or hid something” in the words of an overseeing city authority. Beyond the loss we as gardeners feel, what about the birds and the bees, the ladybugs, snails, and butterflies, what about them? The rich diversity built up over the summers offered sweet nectar and a place of refuge for a host of insects and creatures. They enrich our landscape and remind us that we share this space with another world hidden inside beautiful patches of raspberry bushes, joe-pye weed, mint, and more that no longer exist. Without the plants that border our strolls, the colours and aromas of flowers that make us stop and stare, the sounds of birds to uplift our moods, or the butterflies to catch our eyes, our connection to nature would be lost.

The greenhouse committee is working to rebuild what was lost.

Here is blogTO coverage https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/06/toronto-destroys-community-garden-local-park-without-warning/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some great seedling growing happening this spring in the green house right now.

gh x3 pics 

 

Hi! My name is Zack and I am coordinating the greenhouse on behalf of the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

There will be a spring cleaning of the Greenhouse next Saturday March 19 2016 from 10:00-2:00pm so that we can all get ready for seedlings, which some of us have already begun!

If anyone has plants in the greenhouse, please try to be there for the cleanup. If you cannot be there for the cleanup, please clearly label your
plants so we can get rid of abandoned pots, clean the floor and put your plants on your shelves.

During the Greenhouse Cleanup we will be focusing on:
-Emptying any pots that have soil, but no plants in them.
-Getting all plants on shelves.
-Diseased plants. This is a big one. We understand that some plants are trying to be healed of their infestations, but it is not fair to all the
other growers who are starting delicate baby seedlings to have sick plants in the greenhouse. Please take home sick plants or let's compost them and start some new seeds!
-Mice. There is a mouse (mice?) living in the greenhouse, it has been digging up seedlings and pooping everywhere! We are going to try to block mice entrances and clean the floor, shelves and all other surfaces. Please remove any plants or pots from the floor. The greenhouse is a small space and taking up floor space with plants makes it difficult to maneuver and also divide fairly and equally space between users.
There is a lot of interest in the Greenhouse this year, we are trying to compile a comprehensive list of users, figure out who has keys and how
best to divide the space. It is likely that users will be limited to one or two shelves each, which is approximately 3-6 seedling trays. We are
working on a plan to get more shelving and if you have any ideas, please let us know!
Lastly, there will be an upcoming meeting for all the Members of the Greenhouse on Wednesday March 30 6:00-8:00pm and we will send out another reminder email with an agenda closer to the date. Please respond with any items to add to the agenda, as this is our first Greenhouse meeting of the year, we want to start it off with all members input!

Thank you.
Have a warm weekend and happy planting.  There's some greenhouse history under the 'greenhouse' tab.  Hopefull will get some latest news up there during the season.


Zack and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park

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 Last friday, one of Friends of Trinity Bellwoods dedicated tree adopters was surprised with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend in the Greenhouse!  She said yes.  Best wishes, Lindsay and Freddy! 

Wedding proposal in Greenhouse June 2014 C

PS - If you're curious about the adopt a tree program, check out menu tab above: "Adopt-a-Tree". We need more volunteers! Wedding proposals not included.

 

This past Sunday, June 15th, the Greenhouse was tidied up as the2014 seedling program winds down. Some of you asked about keeping your seedlings a bit longer, and that is fine--but you will need to make sure they are watered. Plants that are considered orphaned, we will look to put around in the greenhouse gardens.

If you have taken your tray/s home, please do return them to the greenhouse. And if the cells are in good shape, please bring those back as well. We will wash them for next year.

If you've any questions about the Greenhouse contact Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greenhouse June 2014 A

Greenhouse June 2014 B

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