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Dufferin Grove Park gardens in the time of Covid

Dufferin Grove Park Garden Club Cooperative

From Skylar Hill-Jackson: The garden club co-op has now been 'opened' by the City of Toronto. We are looking for garden volunteers for cleaning up and preparing the vegetable, flower and herb beds, also weeding, planting, and watering. Gardening days and hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 9-11am or 3-5pm, weather dependent.

The city requires some paperwork. Once you have signed up to be a member of the Dufferin Grove Park Garden Club Cooperative (in person b/c you need to sign a form), all garden sessions are 'drop-in'.

The first Garden Club session is Wed. May 27 3-5pm. We will be working in shaded areas only. Friday May 29, will be either 9-11am or 3-5pm depending upon weather.

All City of Toronto social distancing guidelines will be in place.

If you are interested in joining the Garden Club Cooperative please contact: Skylar at

May 4, 2020: more trees in bloom

the old cherry tree still has some life in it

the younger cherry tree

the first wild plum
April 28, 2020: first trees in bloom

Sakura cherry, planted in 2006, beside the cob cafe

neighbours and park friends near the Sakura

Toni Correido, back to visit the park

There are seven cherry trees in the park. The first one to open is always the Sakura cherry, planted in 2006 by the Frankford family in memory of Emily Frankford -- just the year after the cob cafe was built. Then there's a new pink-blossom cherry tree, still very young, near the reflexology footpath that was built in memory of Jenna Morrison. There are two more pink cherry trees to the south of the rink fence (the Japanese kind that you see in pictures of Japanese having picnics to celebrate the trees). Those were donated by John Ota, who grew up on Gladstone Avenue and loved the park as a kid. Finally, there are two Bing cherry trees that were planted when the food gardens were dug in the 1990's, plus a sour cherry tree. The bigger Bing cherry has been dying back for a few years, but it's still a favorite place for tree-climber kids.

This year, High Park is closed to the public when the cherry trees bloom, and the cherry blossom promenade at Trinity-Bellwoods Park will be fenced off -- to discourage crowds that would make it hard for people to keep six feet apart because of covid regulations. But the cherry trees at Dufferin Grove are spaced far enough apart that people can have a walk through the park without getting jammed up together.

April 17, 2020

From long-time community gardener Skylar Hill-Jackson: "my friend, Barbara and her 12-year-old daughter, Zoe, (live in a condo at Yonge and Davisville) and I picked up rubbish in the park on Friday for an hour and a half. We did the north/west corner on the west side of the rink house, all around the outside of the veg and herb gardens (not allowed to go inside as the gardens are considered closed 'park facilities'), and then picked up more rubbish on the grassy area between the gardens and the basketball court. Then Zoe wanted to climb a tree. It was cold and windy. However, we were out of our forced isolation, breathing fresh air, getting some exercising and cleaning up and connecting with nature. Making Dufferin Grove Park beautiful for everyone! More park clean-up days ahead."

fresh air, some exercise, cleaning up and connecting with nature" all with social distancing

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