Gardening Resources


Rare Plants of the Endangered High Park Black Oak Savannah, A Volunteer Stewardship Program Guidebook.

A plant and habitat guide, history of High Park, account of volunteering experiences and catalog of stewardship resources all in one entertaining pocket-sized book. For more information about this Guidebook and where it can be purchased, please see this poster (pdf) or click here.

Try out our new Interactive Plant Search

More Gardening Resources

LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests

Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost. Services include:

  • 30-minute site consultation with our arborist
  • 5 to 8 foot tall native tree
  • Between $150 to $200 per tree
  • Full planting service
  • Native Garden Kits, delivered to your door. a great way to attract songbirds and butterflies.

To book a consultation or to order shrubs visit yourleaf.org or call 416.413.9244.

Perennials, shrubs and trees Click on a plant then view the signs.

Why Plant in Fall? (LEAF newsletter Aug 2019)


Can-Plant native plant database Helping you find native plants that work for where you are. CanPlant is a tool that helps you to identify native plants that are appropriate for restoration, gardening, and other planting needs across Canada

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Gardening for Wildlife

Native Plant Suppliers

Native Plant Encyclopedia

Ontario Nature

What’s a gardener to do?

Sourcing neonicotinoid-free plants


website, mobile apps

Native Plant Girl (archive site)

Check the "native plant gardening & naturalization: how to's" link list at http://nativeplantgirl.blogspot.com

Evergreen - Home Greening Resources

http://ebw.evergreen.ca/ Evergreen Brickworks

Wildflowers of Toronto's High Park

Beautiful website of wildflowers found in High Park organized by colour. High Park Wildflowers

Links to more groups and resources

In the Zone

Carolinian Canada and WWF - Canada have created an online resource) to help people grow successful native plant gardens. Expert advice, garden tracking and a community committed to helping nature, wildlife and people thrive together.

Lorraine Johnson books on growing native plants

Books on Amazon

City of Toronto

The Best Native Plants for Toronto Gardens

North American Native Plant Society

www.nanps.org has information on gardening, Native Plant Database and other useful information. Their main native plant sale is at the Toronto Botanical Garden on May 5, 2018. There is a related website The Scoop that has newsletters and other local information.

NANPS Native Plant Sales 2020 have been cancelled

Society for Urban Land Care

SOUL was formed in response to the growing need for ecologically responsible land care practices. Our mission is to promote and support organic practices in our communities through education, certification and standardization.

Garden Jane

Permaculture and Organic Gardening workshops

Garden Design Goes Native

article in The New Perennialist

Environmental Education

There are programs offered at York, Ryerson and University of Toronto in Environmental studies.

The Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology offers courses in a LEED Gold certified facility.

Ontario Invasive Plants


David Suzuki Foundation

Create a bee friendly garden

Grow Me Instead

A guide from the Ontario Invasive Plant Council that offers practical alternatives to commonly grown invasive plants.

GrowIt mobile app

GrowIt Plant a garden. Grow a community. GrowIt!™ lets you Garden Socially, for free. Whether you want to show off your plants, or find something that will work in your garden there's something for every type of gardener.

Gardening Myths Explored and Debunked

Visit Horticultural Myths - Linda Chalker-Scott and Garden Professors from Washington State University.

Visit the City ravine page for additional downloads re: Forestry Facts & Native Plant Lists, and Invasive Species Management

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