Gardening in Cabbagetown South

Gardening is a favourite pastime of many Cabbagetown South residents.  And the Association supports this with our Guided Garden Tour and Container Garden Contest.  Check them out under Events.

Enjoy these Garden related items.

City of Toronto



The City of Toronto’s new Urban Forest Program through Parks, Forestry, Recreation provides a free tree to those who apply. You can select from a total of 36 different species. Just list two choices and you will receive 1 tree....for free. 

To order your free tree go to where you will find a form and send it to City of Toronto,Urban Forestry,18 Dyas Road, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1V5. 416.338.TREE



LEAF - Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
Full Service Backyard Tree Planting Program


LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest.


Since 1996, LEAF has helped citizens plant over 16,000 native trees and shrubs in their neighbourhoods.


Their Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost through the contribution of our supporting partners. Our certified arborists will help you make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits your property, and where it should be planted.



Their service includes:

  • 30-minute site consultation with our arborist
  • 5 to 8 foot tall native tree
  • Between $150 to $200 per tree
  • Full planting service

Native shrubs are available for $25.


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

Warning to Pet Owners and Gardeners:
Avoid Cocoa Mulch.

You will probably want to avoid using Cocoa Mulch.

Going to the snopes website and doing a search on cocoa mulch returns information, last updated in 2009, about the dangers of this mulch which contains Theobromine.

This is the ingredient in chocolate that can cause death, particularly in dogs.

Here is a link to information about this brand of mulch, showing the presence of Theobromine.

One suggestion in the article says that 98 out of 100 dogs won’t eat, but that of the 2 that do, one will suffer physical harm, including death. The odds are still too high.

Make Your Fresh Cut Flowers Last

Just use these simple tips:

  • Ensure the vase is clean and free of soap residue before you use it
  • Strip the stem of all leaves that will be below the water line
  • Use a sharp knife and,at a 45 degree angle, cut at least one inch from the bottom of each flower
  • Filll your vase or container with lukewarm water
  • Use a commercial flower preservative
  • Keep flowers in a cool spot, away from sunlight or heat sources
  • Change the water regularly to discourage growth of bacteria
  • Remove flowers as they start to wilt



Attracting butterflies is one of the most frequently stated reasons homeowners give for planting nature-friendly gardens.  To draw butterflies to your garden, and to support the caterpillars that turn into butterflies, grow these plants in your garden:  yarrow (Achillea), butterfly weed (Asclepias), aster, coreopsis, and parsley.   

Download a free butterfly garden plan at


Choose grass-replacement plants for a "lawn" you don't have to mow.

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