Spring is springing!  Veridgrow is proud to join the Malvern Food Securiy Workgroup and the staff and students of Lester B Pearson CI on May 5, 2018 11 am – 3 pm in celebrating our diverse connections with the land with a Seedy Saturday.   Bring your seeds and/or seedlings to share, donate, or trade while exploring a variety of eco-friendly displays and workshops.  A variety of organic and heritage seeds will also be available for sale.

If you have a talent for fixing things, please consider volunteering at this Seedy Saturday’s Repair Cafe.  Contact SeedRougeRiver at for more information!

On Saturday October 21, 2017 Verdigrow helped to bring a Taste of Canada to the Community Garden in Neilson Park in north east Scarborough (off Neilson Rd south of Finch Ave).  We supplied  a variety of native species to expand and revamp an existing garden area — with a culinary twist — every species added to these beds is edible!  You can find out more about the individual plants and their uses in traditional and modern cooking located in the Taste Garden by clicking the link.

Volunteers installing the “A Taste Of Canada” garden in Neilson Park

Taste of Canada Garden just south of Neilson House

Volunteers assisted in planting the Taste garden and enjoyed touring the existing community garden.  We’ll be back in the spring to spruce up the bed.  Don’t forget to bring your favourite gardening tool and dress for the weather if you want to be part of bringing this patch of nature to Malvern!

The Malvern Food Security Table and  42 Voices held a concurrent Harvest Festival in Neilson House adjacent to the garden, complete with face painting for the younger set, and some of the harvest was made into delicious soup, breads, and more.


Native Plants for Sale — The season is winding down, but please contact us to help plan your 2018 garden! 

Pick up locations available at Urban Rider, 1735 Queen St East, just west of Kingston Road. Toronto or delivery to anywhere in the Scarborough-Oshawa area.
Gallon pots of Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) are available!
Spring is finally springing!   I was very pleased to learn that the David Suzuki Foundation is expanding their Toronto butterflyway project to the Beach.  Verdigrow is proud to support any effort to support native plants and the wildlife that depends on them.

If you’re interested in adding locally originating native plants to your home or business, please contact us!   We can help you choose just a few suitable species to add your space or to design a complete garden.  We specialize in storm water management gardens.

Check out the “Green Plot” link on the menu bar.  Become a Revolutionary Hero and help Toronto to Grow Up!  We have jumbo sized pots of many species available and can special order a wide selection of others.  Drop by today and start your own Green Plot to help to revolutionize Toronto gardens!

Verdigrow will be at the Midland Park Community Association Neighbours Night Out on Tuesday June 18, 2013 6-8 pm on Freeborn Crescent in Scarborough, Ontario.  Join the neighbours for a BBQ and silent auction including a selection of native plants supplied by Verdigrow Ltd.

Join us at the Leslieville Tree Festival in Leslie Grove Park (Queen St East at Jones Ave in Toronto, ON) on Saturday June 22, 2013 12-4pm with more native plants.

Birkdale Art in the Park in Scarborough, Ontario on
Saturday June 8, 2013 10 am – 4 pm
Green Evolution Site signs  |   Grow Up! Toronto signs
free native plant with every site registration.
Share your living landscape.
Join the battle for our Right to Grow!

Guelph, Ontario Water Services Open House on
Saturday May 25, 2013  9 am – 2pm
along with the Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society native plant sale and Pollination Guelph.
Pickup a Green Evolution Site sign at ”Show Special” pricing
+ a coupon for a free plant from the native plant sale.

Grow Up! Toronto signs at High Park native plant sale
Come out to High Park on Sunday May 12, 2013 from 11 am – 2 pm to select from an amazing collection of native plants grown from seed collected in High Park.  You won’t find more beautiful native plants with a more local genotype anywhere in Toronto!  All proceeds go to support the High Park volunteer stewardship committee which does an amazing job of expanding and protecting natural areas within High Park.  While you’re there, pick up a free Grow Up! Toronto sign to support native plant gardeners and urban biodiversity in Toronto.

Grow Grassless!

Grow Grassless!

January 13, 2012 10:30 am High Park, Toronto: Restoring Cities discussion

Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.The first light S. of Bloor from Keele. It’s the brown building in the back. Please enter via the bottom door.  View PINGG invitation to this session when available

PLEASE:  send in photos of front yard/boulevard/city gardens in all stages of development, in all seasons in advance of the talk.  Looking to illustrate that utility isn’t necessarily “pretty” all the time…but needs to be left to grow into that.

Find out how different groups in Toronto and other cities are working on restoring wildlife habitats and combatting invasive species in natural, private and public spaces. See how individual yards can link together synergistically, to restore not only habitat and biodiversity but creativity and innovation. Some examples are Seattle’s “pollinator pathway” and Vancouver’s student boulevard planters for homeowners project.

After the presentation we will have a discussion of ways that we can create more public engagement in transforming/restoring Toronto’s biodiversity. This will include a look at Deborah’s new web sites, Verdigrow and her “Grow Up” Toronto program to encourage front yard and boulevard plantings and other habitat restoration programs while combatting bad bylaws and educating the public.

There is still a lot to do but our work has made a difference in our private and public spaces.

You may submit garden photos (low resolution please) to stewards@highparknature.orgwith a copy to to be compiled for the discussion and bring printed photos as well.

Deborah Dale is a biologist; past-President North American Native Plant Society; former Recycling Coordinator/Solid Waste Specialist City of Scarborough. Her native plant garden (above) has been targeted by Scarborough’s MLS department using several bylaws since 2003.

This session will be followed at 1:00 pm by a meeting of the High Park Natural Environment Committee. Everyone is invited. Agenda

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