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Merry May Meeting - Hort Garden Projects

  • 2023-05-29
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2R9


  • We will be meeting in person at Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave, just South of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30 PM for refreshments and socializing, the meeting starts at 7:30PM. 
  • We will also be holding the meeting online through Zoom. Members will be sent the link in the newsletter in the week leading up to the meeting.


This year, we are excited to hear from fellow Hort Members who represent 3 of 9  garden projects that The Hort supported last year. They will be talking about  their own community garden projects, and how to navigate the different permissions required for urban gardens in public spaces.

(Left to Right: West Lodge Park Community Garden, The Garden Party, The Pollinator Pocket)

1. Christine Hughes from The Garden Party

The Garden Party was started 16 years ago when someone noticed the land around a church on Bloor Street and imagined its potential to be more than lawn and landscaping. A group was formed, the church agreed to the change, and the rest is history. The Garden Party is a ‘giving garden’ that grows and donates a huge amount to local meal programs and food banks. (Last year: 230.6 Kg [508.5 lb.] of fresh produce and 187 herb bundles.) They’ve been very resourceful in sourcing support from many organizations, including the Hort for over 10 years. We’re looking forward to hearing the details of their history!

2. Jesse Khudoo from West Lodge Park Community Garden

The West Lodge Park Garden has been through many changes since we began funding them in 2016. They’ve promoted the love of raised-bed gardening by planning, creating, and implementing pollinator garden beds, and distributing seeds and vegetables among gardeners. Most importantly, they have become a community of 22 gardeners/families (and counting) from various demographics. They value the enhancement of their environment and the reduction of the carbon footprint in their small part of the city. Their changes over time have been impressive.

3. Adam Barnes from The Pollinator Pocket

The ‘Pollinator Pocket’ was/is an amazing transformation of a weedy corner strip on Bloor St at Clinton to a lovely pollinator garden in one season! Adam Barnes is the genius behind this kind of visual improvement to our city in both this location and many others! He will share his expertise in the essential collaborating with various authorities necessary to work in public spaces.

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