They don’t get the attention they deserve, but TORONTO’s amateur gardeners keep on keeping on. In neighbourhoods across town kids and adults come together in the spring to create patches of colour known as Community Gardens, and in the fall they clean up.
Residents donate the plants, topsoil, bricks for the borders, tree stumps and other barriers for plant protection, and signs asking passers-by to show some respect already.
The TORONTO District School Board (TDSB) has worked miracles by turning sections of their playgrounds into gardens and forming clubs to maintain them. Winchester Public School <PHOTOS ABOVE> has one of the largest school gardens I’ve seen downtown.
Another volunteer-run flower garden is in the heart of the “tenderloin” at Dundas Street East and George Street. Working in these gardens fosters neighbourhood connections among kids and adults as well as folks just passing by.