NEXT PLANTING - Sept 21 - Bulb Planting

Thursday, June 13, 2013

North Side Planting - Come on out

When: Saturday June 15 at 1pm

Where:  We will be meeting on the north east corner of Dupont and Dufferin
The spot is close by. If you are going to be late check our Twitter (@TorontoGG) or Blog ( for the exact location which will be posted before Saturday

This is a new spot and if you don't know the corner - it needs a massive amount of help. But Ewan, our faithful north-side coordinator, has a plan so come by and help out..

Who: YOU!!! and your friends. We haven't had much of a turn out for the plantings this year, so please, if you've been considering coming to the planting, come out to this one. It's the second last of the season and we'd love to see you.

What to Bring: This spot is sunny so we need some plants that are happy in the full sun. Bring any annuals or perennials that you think will beautify the space.

We have mulch, soil, shovels, picks, some gardening gloves, garbage bags, and a broom.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

East End Planting - Victoria Park and Denton

When: Thursday June 6, 2013 - 6pm

Where:  North West Corner of Victoria Park and Denton . Denton is 2 blocks north of Danforth almost directly across from Victoria Park TTC Station. Take a look -

We planting the same spot last year so we are hoping to build on it.

Who: YOU!!! and your friends

What to Bring: This spot is sunny so we need some plants that are happy in the full sun. Bring any annuals or perennials that you think will beautify the space.

If you have flat patio stones to donate bring them along. We'd like to make a path through the garden.

We have mulch, soil, shovels, picks, some gardening gloves, garbage bags, and a broom.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Garden Refresh - Spadina and Darcy

When: Sunday May 26th, 2013 - 2pm sharp :)

Where: One small block north of Dundas, just east of Spadina.
Take a look - at the spot on Google Maps (you can see one of the planters we left after the first year we planted)

Here are some more photos from the previous years we planted this spot:

There has been a couple years of perennial growth in the space so we should be able to spruce it up and make it look fantastic again.

Who: YOU!!! and your friends

What to Bring: We want to put pretty bright annuals and a few larger sun-tolerant plants are the main things we need.
And water - if everyone brings a 2L pop bottle of water we should be golden.
Bring your gardening gloves because we'll be weeding.

We have mulch, soil, shovels, picks, some gardening gloves, garbage bags, a broom, and some cute fencing.

Start of the season people!! Let's get out there and make our city beautiful! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's May Day - Let's Celebrate!

Let's dance around the maypole
Maybe not - instead let's make the city beautiful
There are a few things going on Wednesday May 1st:
1) Beautiful little flower pots, were created Sunday April 28th, so let's get together and strategically place them.
What do you need to do: Terry has all the planters, you don't need to bring anything
What will be do: We will figure out nice spots, like fences, poles and benches, that the little planters can be attached to

2) Sunflowers Grates
What do you need to do: Bring packets of sunflowers to plant anywhere they will grow. Terry will bring some soil in case we are able to find more than one grate
What will we do: A grate at Huntley and Bloor will get planted with sunflower seeds. Then we will carry on walking to see if we can find more.

3) Sunflower Planting
Otherwise we are just going to plant sunflower seeds anywhere we think will look pretty.
What do you need to do: Bring sunflower seeds


So the details of the meet up...
Who - everyone who ever wanted to plant sunflowers all over the city
Where - Meet at the corner of Bloor and Jarvis on the north side of Bloor
When - 7:00pm
What - See above. We're going to plant some flowers. We'll walk together and chat about where the planters should go, where the sunflowers should be planted and then after we do what we do, we'll go for a beer somewhere close.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Craft Day!

Now that we've taken care of some housekeeping with our annual kick-off meeting, we're ready to get our hands dirty.

Our next event will be Craft Day.

Please join us (and bring your friends) for an afternoon of making pop bottle greenhouses, fences, and signs for our guerrilla gardens.

Here are all of the details:

WHAT: Craft Day!

WHEN: Sunday April 28th, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WHERE: 519 Community Centre (519 Church St. at Wellesley) - Please check in at reception.

Empty 2 litre pop bottles, plastic juice containers, or milk jugs. Everything else will be provided.

See you there!

We needs lots of these!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

GG Kick off Meeting Minutes

Guerilla Gardening Meeting Minutes
Meeting Date – April 5

1) Summary of GG
2) Call for Regional volunteers
3) New ideas
4) Planting Dates
5) Funding Update
6) Spots
7) Other business

1) Summary of GG
Andy very aptly provided a description of GG, why we do it, when we do it, where we do it.
Terry added some information on seed bombs.

2) Call for Regional Coordinators

 Eric – West end – (boundaries are loosely west of bathurst, south of bloor)
Steph – East End - (boundaries are loosely east of the DVP, south of Danforth)
Li – Downtown – (boundaries are loosely between the DVP and bathurst, south of bloor)
Ewan – Uptown - (anywhere north of bloor/danforth)
“Lord” – Bulb Planting coordinator –  (The city is your oyster)

3) May 1st – Plant Sunflowers

Action Items
- Send communication out with sample of the types of grates we are looking for (Katherine, Eric)
o About ¾ feet deep
o Open
o Sunny street (not blocked by big buildings)
o Suggestions can be emailed to – including a picture and the corner the grate is located on, would helpful
- Get soil (Terry)
- Get Sunflower seeds (Terry and everyone)

April 28th - Craft Day
- We have decided that we’ll make three things this year in addition to our regular plantings
o Pop bottle greenhouses

o Googly eyes
When we go out to put up the pop bottle greenhouses and our regular plantings we’ll put some googly eyes on plants that are already up

o Fences
Last year we made fences that we used in a number of our plantings. Our supply is delepeted and we have some lessons learned for the new year so we’ll make some new fences for this year’s plantings
o Also – we need more Little signs
Our supply of little signs are depleted so we need to make new ones to put into our gardens
- We’ll all get together at the 519 Community Centre and have three stations (communication will be sent soon)
- People can join as the wish

Action Items
- Bring bottles (Everyone)
    o 2 L pop bottles, juice bottles, even orange juice cartons
- Fence supplied (Ewan and Eric)
- Little sign making supplies (Andy)
- Paint and other supplies (Terry will try and find them or purchase new ones)

4) Event  / Planting Dates

           April 28 – Craft day
           May 1 – Sunflower planting day
           May 26 - West End planting
           June 1 or 2 (TBD) - Downtown Planting
           June 6 - East End Planting
           June 10  - Garden Refresh (also North by Northeast)
           June 15 - Uptown
           June 21 - Summer Solstice Night Planting
           Sept 21 - Bulb Planting

5) Funding Update
We still have 620$ from the Awesome Foundation (THANK YOU THANK YOU again Awesome Foundation) so we have lots of money to spend this summer.  If the coordinators want anything specific for their plantings just send Terry a note of what you need and Terry will make sure and pick it up

6) Spots
o Should be in a busy area – we like to be noticed
o be on public land – sometimes we’ll plant on private land or land we can’t identify as public or private as long as it’s in a publicly used space
o have ok soil - makes it easier on us the day of the planting
o is close to your house or where you spend time – so you can water it and care for it a little during the summer
o have some shade – or else the little plants will fry
o needs sprucing up - no sense building a garden someplace that’s already taken care of

 If you have any suggestions for spots please contact the coordinator for that area or Terry!

7) Other business
Statues – Terry will contact her parent’s neighbours to see if they are willing to help with creating some statues for our gardens this year
Sheridan Nurseries – Eric will contact them to see about donations this year.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guerilla Gardening Kick off Meeting 2013

It's that time once again to kick off the Guerilla Gardening planting season. Below are the details of our kick off meeting.

What? After work Guerilla Gardening Season Kick off Meeting

When? Friday April 5, 2013 starting at 6:15pm - 7:30pm

Where? 519 Church Street Community Centre located, guess where, at 519 Church Street just north of Wellesley. Not sure what room we'll be in but there is a handy-dandy screen in the reception area that will tell you where we'll be.

1) Summary of GG – What is it? What do we do? Why do we do it?
2) Call for Regional Coordinators - Description of position & any volunteers?
3) New Ideas
4) Planting Dates – Summary of last number of years, suggestions for this year, pick our dates
5) Funding Update - Awesome Money
6) Spots - Start looking

Special Request This Year - Item 3 on Agenda
We are looking for a really special awesome idea to replace seed bombing that we've done in the past.... We're looking for something that will pop, something unusual, something ulta-creative, maybe that combines ART and GARDENING. Do you have a fantastic idea that we can implement this year? Send Terry ( a summary and we can talk about it at the meeting. Let's do something new and innovative this year.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Downtown planting on Saturday!

Our next planting is Saturday May 25th, 2012 at 2pm. It's downtown, for
those of you who came out to last year's downtown planting, it's the
same plot, we're refreshing that garden and greatly expanding it with
some donated Iris's!

129 D'Arcy Street, south side, just east of Spadina, one small block
north of Dundas. Same place as last year. There is evidence of our
lilies from last year, though unfortunately the city mowed over them
about two weeks ago. They are now recovering...

Saturday May 26th, 2012, at 2pm-4pm.

What to bring:
Bring soil, water, and plants. The area is far larger than we can
possibly fill, so we can totally use everything that you can bring!
Remember: FULL SUN, this area has very little shade, so whatever you
bring should be full sun tolerant. Also don't forget your sunscreen!

Awesome Donation: Thanks to Randy of the Toronto Awesome Foundation, we
have 100+ gigantic Iris plants, which should allow us to fill a much
larger fraction of the area this year. I've also borrow a small
rototiller from a friend, so we've got some robotic help with the soil prep!

See you all soon!

Friday, May 18, 2012


Big thanks to everyone who came out to kick off the GG season earlier this month! Here's our first garden of the year, near Steeles and Founders Road by York University:

Thanks to North End Coordinator Jonathan for leading the group to guerrilla gardening victory.

Our next planting event is THIS WEEKEND. What better way to spend a warm sunny day on the long weekend than working on a garden with nice friendly people like us? Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday May 20th 2pm (rain or shine - according to the weather report it's going to be all shine!)

WHERE: Meet at the corner of Palmerston and Bloor, just east of the Bathurst subway station. 

We'll meet in front of the gates right at Palmerston and Bloor. Then we'll move on to the northwest corner of Clinton and Bloor - there is already a garden there which we'll clean up and fill in. We'll end at a large grassy areas just west of Christie on Bloor. It's rarely mowed so we'll starting planting it from the sidewalk and make it as big as we can depending on the number of plants we have.
WHO: You and your friends! Linda, our West End Coordinator has selected three little spots in the Annex for us to work on.

We need some bling, so bring colourful plants.
Please bring your own gardening gloves and a trowel if you have one.
We could also use:
- yard bags
- water
- soil
if you have any to spare. 

Have a safe and happy long weekend everyone and hope to see you on Sunday!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Northern Planting

When: Saturday May 5th 2pm (rain or shine)
It's supposed to be 20C on Saturday so come on out

Where: 4700 Keele Street.
Transfer to 107C KEELE NORTH towards TESTON RD
Who: For this plant, our faithful Northern Coordinator, Jonathan, has selected a lovely little spot on York University Campus. This is our first planting north of Eglinton, so lets make it the best planting we can.

What to Bring: We need some bling, so bring colourful annuals that we can plant between the perennials. We have some ground cover already donated, plus some lillies and such left over.
We need mulch, water (unless it's raining) and soil so bring it if you can.
I have shovels but bring your own gardening gloves and a trowel if you have one.

We Need Donations

Do you have a garden and need to split your plants - we'll take them off your hands!!

Are you a landscaper and your client is "throwing away" they old plants - Let us know - we'll pick them up!

Are you a community garden and you have some extra plants that won't fit in the garden - we'll come by and get them any time!

We are always looking for donations of any kind, particularly perennials, mulch, soil, tools and water jugs.

Email and we'll arrange pick up.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Guerrilla Gardeners Awarded $1000 from The Awesome Foundation

BIG NEWS everyone. In a frenzy of pure awesomeness, The Awesome Foundation has selected the Toronto Guerrilla Gardeners as their latest recipient of a $1000 grant.

We're honoured that our group was chosen from such a worthy list of applicants and we could not be more thrilled!

The Awesome Foundation is a growing network of do-gooders with chapters in cities across the US and beyond. Each chapter has 10 members or "micro-trustees" who pitch in $100. Each month the group awards a $1000 grant to a local community project they want to support. What a truly awesome way to support your community!

For more information, please visit The Awesome Foundation or the Toronto chapter's blog AwesomeTO.

Now we're even more excited to get started on this season's activities! We hope you are too. Please join us THIS THURSDAY April 5th for our 2012 Season Kick-Off Meeting if you'd like to get involved with the (now officially Awesome) Guerrilla Gardeners. It's going to be an amazing season!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Guerrilla Gardening 2012 Season Kick-Off!

Announcing the Toronto Guerrilla
Gardeners 2012 Season Kick-Off Meeting

Okay so that spring-like weather we had was just a preview, but it will be warm again before we know it. It's time for us GG-ers to start planning our planting season, and we'd love it if you could join us.

Come say hello and find out who we are, how the Toronto Guerrilla Gardeners got started, and how you can get involved! We'll be choosing planting dates and looking for ideas about neglected spaces around the city that need some attention.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Thursday April 5th at 6:30PM
WHERE: The 519 Church Community Centre (map below)
WHO: You and your friends!

[Edit: Here's the Meeting Agenda]

  1. Summary of GG – What is it? What do we do? Why do we do it?
  2. Call for Regional Coordinators - Description of position & any volunteers?
  3. Seed Bombing – Update and Brainstorming
  4. Planting Dates – Summary of last number of years, suggestions for this year, pick our dates
  5. Brainstorm how to get donations
  6. Spots - Start looking

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page if you can, and join our Facebook Group while you're at it to join the conversation. You can also follow us on Twitter @TorontoGG.

See you at the meeting!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Seedy Saturday and Sunday 2012 - Dates Announced

Seedy Saturday/Sunday has been split into 5 events in 5 Toronto communities this year!

Here are the details:

Scadding Court
Location: 707 Dundas Street West
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 12 - 5 pm
Contact: Krista

Evergreen Brick Works
Location: 550 Bayview Ave
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: TBA
Contact: Aimee

Heron Park Community Centre
Location: 292 Manse Rd, Scarborough
Date:Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 12 - 4 pm
Contact: Katie

West End
Location: Masayrk-Cowan CRC, 220 Cowan Avenue
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Contact: Emma

Lawrence Heights Community Centre
Location: 5 Replin Rd
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Time: 1 - 5 pm
Contact: Will

General Questions about Seedy Saturday or Sunday in the GTA?
Contact: for info or visit

Thursday, October 13, 2011

THIS SUNDAY - Walking Tour of Our Guerrilla Gardens

Join us this Sunday Oct 16th to see how our guerrilla gardens are holding up.

Thanks to our trusty West-End Coordinator, Eric, a walking tour of our guerilla gardens has been arranged.

We'll meet at 11:00am at 170A Baldwin Street in Kensington Market  - look for the black door to the left of Graffities Bar & Grill.

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We'll then cruise the locations, which you can see on our Garden Map. Some of the gardens will still exist, others will not. We'll pick up lunch on the road.

For more details visit Hike the Geek or contact Eric at eric (at) guerillagardening (dot) ca.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Plant Rescue: Join Us MONDAY

We need your help! We have a great opportunity to rescue abandoned plants that would otherwise be destroyed.

We've recently started approaching condo developers to let us step in and rescue flowers from houses that are scheduled for demolition. We can take these flowers that were lovingly planted by homeowners and save them to be re-planted in neglected patches of urban space.

A developer has come through and we're looking for volunteers to help us dig up plants. Arrangements for storing and over-wintering the plants have already been made, we just need to get them out of the ground.

Here's the plan:

WHEN: Monday, September 26th at 9:00am

WHERE: 22 Churchill Avenue (just west of Yonge, between North York and Finch subways)

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- You and your friends!
- Gardening gloves
- Shovels
- Bags
- Plant pots

The summer's over but there's still work to do. Let's kick off the fall GG style!