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Volunteer Opportunities 

High Park Stewards – Next Sessions


High Park Stewards meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, rain or shine.








2017 Upcoming Sessions

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gardening with Native Plants

Acclaimed author and native plant advocate Lorraine Johnson will show us ways to connect our own gardens with High Park by growing native plants, and best practices and growing techniques.

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10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive M6R 2Z3.

Speaker: Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine will bring copies to purchase of 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants ($26.95), City Farmer ($20 ) and some big encyclopedic gardening books she recently edited ($40).

There is a biography and list of books on her publisher's Douglas & McIntyre website. http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/author/lorraine-johnson-2. See longer biography below photos.

Douglas & McIntyre and Good Reads books by Lorraine Johnson

One of many of her books on this topic
Published March 1st 2001 by Whitecap Books
Add some native plants to your own garden
Black Oak Savannah plants 2015


Lorraine Johnson is the author of numerous books on environmental issues and gardening. Former president of the North American Native Plant Society, her areas of expertise include gardening with native plants, urban agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and urban forest protection.

Some of the books she’s written include: The New Ontario Naturalized Garden; Grow Wild!; Green Future; The Real Dirt (which she co-authored with Mark Cullen); Tending the Earth; and City Farmer. A new edition of her book 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants has just been published.

Along with the books she has written, Lorraine is also the Canadian editor of the What Plant Where Encyclopedia; Garden Plants and Flowers: A-Z Guide to the Best Plants for your Garden; Canadian Gardener's Guide; and The Natural Treasures of Carolinian Canada.

She regularly teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, edits the magazine Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly, and is a Patron of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

Lorraine lives in Toronto, where she is active in the community garden movement and the effort to legalize backyard hens.



2017 Upcoming Sessions

For our hands-on work, all Stewards need to sign a City waiver document once a year. To save time at the sessions please print and fill out these 2 pages prior to coming (beginning Feb. 12, 2017). We will also have them on site. Waiver Form

About our stewardship program

Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and for the park
Buckthorn busting is great for students
collect volunteer hours
Buckthorn Busters 2015
November 22, 2015
We have planted in 5 sites in the last 5 years
June 2015
Planting in the All-Star site
June 2009
Seeds Cleaning is a favourite activity
February 2015

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2017, subject to change based on weather and need

2017 Winter and Spring Sessions

Boulevard Beds Work Schedule

  • Jan. 22 - Stewards 20th anniversary
  • Feb. 12 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 26 - Presentation - Biological control of Invasive plant species with W.D. McIlveen
  • March 12 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 26 - Presentation - Native Plants in your garden with Lorraine Johnson
  • April 9 - Nursery Cleanup (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • April 23 - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: protection of water and Toronto's ravines; creating complete communities through urban intensification. (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • May 7 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse
  • TBA - BBeds special session: remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses

2017 summer and fall sessions

  • May 28 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 11 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 25 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 9 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 13 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 27 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 10 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 24 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 22 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 12 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 26 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

The Elite Squad which holds special sessions removing invasive species like garlic mustard is looking for a group leader. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to be the group leader.

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will be determining their schedule, with monthly maintenance of the beds spring to fall. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them.

Outdoor sessions are dependent on weather and growing conditions and what is determined to be the greatest need for our volunteer efforts.


High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, rain or shine.


About the High Park Stewards and 2016 Past Sessions


Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

2015 session dates and draft topics and the Stewards 2014 Brochure

If you would like to be added to the list please email stewards@highparknature.org.


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