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posted June 8, 2006

Park Gardens and Trees

Jenny Cook, the park staff person who works with the garden volunteers, has moved the garden club from Fridays to Sundays, beginning at 11 a.m. The gardens are in need of weeding and watering all summer long, and garden volunteers can have bread, cinnamon buns, and Friday Night Supper free – fair trade for garden work.

The two black maples donated to the park by Mary Wigle are doing well, as are the four little silver-maple transplants from backyards and the new mystery memorial tree to the north of the sandpit. Uyen Dias from Forestry says that even though the promised 25 City trees have not yet been planted, it will happen this summer. From Uyen:

“We are currently working on finishing up our bare root plantings as they are very sensitive to weather and we only have a short window to finish those plantings. We have more than 3000 large caliper trees to plant and Dufferin Grove is definitely on the should happen soon.”

June is the month when the Toronto Parks and Trees Calendar shows the photo of the red elm at Dufferin Grove (all the photos are by Geoffrey James, who lives in the neighbourhood). The text for June from Pleasance Crawford:

“Red Elm in Dufferin Grove Park. Angling across the greensward is a remnant of the valley of Denison Creek. Living comfortably nearby are several wetland-loving native elms: this red or slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) and beyond, a white elm (Ulmus americano), whose ‘oak form’ is a dramatic departure for this usually graceful species. Red and white elms have many similarities; but the red’s leaves are rough while the white’s are relatively smooth, and the red’s seeds are rounded while the white’s are ovate, fringed, and notched. Both species are susceptible to Dutch elm disease; so this aging grove needs a good influx of young upstarts.“

Amen. That’s why we’ve been after Forestry to plant some new trees. It will be wonderful to see them go in.

The last garden item is A CALL FOR SEDUMS from Georgie Donais. This drought-resistant plant would be excellent for the green roof on the cob courtyard. Georgie asks: if anyone has extra sedums in their gardens, could they bring a few divisions to the park? (We trade sedums for park oven bread!)

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