Gate to Gage Park Community Garden

Community gardens provide food security

Premier Doug Ford’s March 30th extension of the Declaration of Emergency included shutting down all “recreational amenities” including community gardens. The immediate response from some community activists, food security advocates, and gardeners was to lobby to keep community gardens open. These efforts are now meeting with backlash. It’s about land, class, and privilege. As an …

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Sean Hurley

Give your garden time, not money

Is something terrible happening to your favourite shrub? Did you make a garden bed last year and everything died? Is your rock-hard soil growing a bumper crop of weeds? It’s natural for keen gardeners to tackle problems head-on. We want to fix them fast before they get any worse. And, like helicopter parents, we want …

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Inside the Tropical Greenhouse at Gage Park.
Inside the new Tropical Greenhouse at Gage Park Debi Ireland

A standing ovation for management and staff at Gage Park greenhouses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]March had arrived with a blast of high winds and bitter cold–but the new tropical greenhouse at Gage Park was having none of it. Opening the door brings a welcome feeling of warmth and spaciousness. The foyer area is a long, conventional hallway that shares a glass wall with the tropical greenhouse. During public events, …

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Ailanthus on Trial

LOVIN’ YOUR GARDEN: Murder!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][dropcap style=dc_rounded color=#222222]W[/dropcap]ith a murder charge on the docket, security was tight at Horticultural Court. The usual shrubs on guard duty were joined by a contingent of red cedar trees who parted briefly to allow the accused, Ailanthus altissima, alias “Tree of Heaven” to pass. The stench was awful. Ailanthus moved quickly—too quickly—and put roots …

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