Video: Milkweed & Monarch Butterflies

With lots of milkweed plants at both Beech Habitat Garden, and our new Beach Hill Gardens, here is a gorgeous video showing the importance of milkweed for monarch butterflies.  Great photos of the life cycles for both.

Although larvae eat only milkweed, adult monarchs feed on nectar plants, including wild flowers such as asters & joe pie weed and goldenrod.

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Beach Hill Gardens – Planted May 31/June 1 2014

GW32, along with local volunteers, planted a new garden at Beech Hill on May 31 and June 1, 2014.  The garden is near Woodbine and Gerrard, near the rail underpass.   Here is a slide-show of some of the volunteers who helped to make this happen!

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Beach Hill Gardens – Calling Volunteers!

serviceberryCalling all volunteers!    Beautify the slope along Woodbine Avenue (near the rail underpass at Woodbine & Gerrard Ave) by:

  • Planting shrubs and perennials
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 31 & June 1  
  • 9:30 – 4 pm – any time will help

Come and be a part of it!



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2014 Jane’s Walks – May 2,3,4

Lots of great Jane’s Walks in the East End!  For details, click on the link, then enter the ward#:

Ward 29 – Danforth

  • the Taylors & East York, Bridging the Don Valley, Artists & Art Projects (Hidden in Plain Sight), Lower Don Restoration & Heritage

Ward 30 – Danforth

  • Leslie St. Spit, the Portlands,  Don River Restoration,  Riverside Buildings & Infrastructure, Riverside Wild Plants, Walkability (Carlaw, Dundas, Gerrard)

Ward 31-  Beaches/East York

  • Taylor Massey, Main Square

Ward 32 – Beaches/East York

  • the Ashbridges’ Neighbourhood




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Apr 29 fundraiser with Hon. Jim Bradley MPP

calendarJust wanted to loop everyone in on a Provincial Liberal fundraiser that is upcoming in Beaches East York on April 29 with the Hon. Jim Bradley, MPP. Cost is $125. In his day job as the environmental minister he gets to announce great news like this:

To transfer to the Beaches/East York site (to purchase a ticket), click here:  BEY Bradley Invite

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Sat. June 21 noon – 4:00 p.m. Leslieville Tree Festival

Visit the Leslieville Tree Festival in Leslie Grove Park (1158 Queen St E, corner of Queen St E and Jones Ave.).  Featuring green groups and vendors, exciting live performances, a kids zone, native plants, local food and much more.

Presented by LEAF, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation and Toronto Hydro.  A full event for the whole family!   For more information, or to host a table at the event, click on this link:
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June 11, 12, 14, 18: LEAF Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

This multi-day course is designed for people who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, then this course is for you!

Each session provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction, and group tree planting.   Registration required.  Bain Apaartments Coop Community Centre. 100 Bain Ave. Toronto. M4K 1E8

ISA CEU’s.  Pending - Eligible for up to 13.75 ISA CEUs

Full course dates & times:
Wed.   June 11, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Thurs. June 12, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sat.   June 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wed.   June 18, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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