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A Wet First Week

The first week of the H.O.P.E. Garden’s growing season has been grey and wet.

Despite the not-so-nice weather, gardeners scrambled to get seeds in the soil and garden plots are starting to take shape!

“A Gardeners Outlook on Life”
by Laurie Jo DeGrave 2003

Take up the spade with song.
Nurture early on.
Be fervent while you plot.
Chart the spot.
Prune with certainty and care.
Growth stops there.
Patience, patience, time to grow.
Reap what you sow.
Hardly the Garden of Eden?
Thankful for another season.


H.O.P.E Garden is Officially OPEN!

Something’s sprouting in South Parkdale…


The Greenest City is excited to kick off another growing season with around 75 community gardeners from the neighbourhood planting the seeds for a fruitful harvest.

On Saturday, May 11th, the HOPE Garden officially opened its gates beside the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre. Participants from Parkdale tilled, laid compost, and planted everything from beets to bok choy. Gardeners have committed to maintaining their plots for the whole season, but they wont be doing it alone. Many will work the soil with friends and family, some with community groups, and of course, all with the help of Greenest City employees and volunteers.

 First Day Out!

The free garden plots are situated in a 4000-square-foot space on Cowan Avenue at Queen Street West in Toronto. The garden’s emphasis is on growing food organically, but flowers will help beautify and attract pollinators as well. The year 2013 is the HOPE Garden’s 7th growing season.

Keep updated on the HOPE garden’s growth on Facebook and Twitter.

Greenest City Calendar 2010

Presenting … Greenest City’s 2010 calendar!

It’s an annual tradition of ours, and a way for us to share what we’ve accomplished in the year that was.

Featuring beautiful pictures of the people and work of Greenest City, the calendar is a perfect gift for yourself and to your family and friends as we near the holiday season.

The calendar includes all the important Canadian and multicultural holidays, as well as the different lunar phases, daylight saving time days, environmental dates, among other things. The boxes are bigger than last year’s, so you can have enough space to fill it out with notes. The design is crisp and simple, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say about it when you hold it.

Some preview shots:

Please click here to find out how you can get these calendars. Apologies for the multiple linkages. WordPress doesn’t approve of paypal’s “buy now” buttons, so our website is the only place where you can click on it.

For comparison, here are 2008 and 2009 calendars.


Parkdale Food, Earth and Culture Festival

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Parkdale Food, Earth and Culture Festival

Sunday, Sept 27, 12 noon – 4 pm
Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

Come celebrate Parkdale, healthy food and the environment with Greenest City. Featuring a variety of musical performances: Baro Dununba (African drummers), Mario “the Voyce” Murray (hiphop), Tibetan youth cultural performance, among others. We will serve food prepared by local restaurants using local produce from farmers’ market. We’ll even have a farmers’ market for you to buy local produce from!

Other features include: arts + crafts activities, children’s games, eco workshop, bike tune-ups and a Shiatsu massage tent.

All of the activities above are free of charge. We only ask a minimum donation of $2 for a plate of our delectable dish. So please join us.

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor, or have any questions, please contact us at 647-438-0038, info[at]

March Break Children’s Program

March Break Garden Program

March Break Garden Program

Greenest City Calendar 2009 (now with sample pictures!)

Back by popular demand: the fabulous Greenest City Calendar!

Due to the tremendous popularity of our first calendar last winter, we will be publishing a new one for 2009.

Featuring gorgeous pictures of HOPE garden, people young and older, field trips and potlucks from this year, and beautiful images of plants too. The design is uncluttered and colourful.





This is the gift that gives several times:

All funds will go towards making HOPE garden programs more inclusive next year.


In Greenest City fashion, the calendar is of highest eco-standards: printed on enviro-stock paper with vegetable-based ink and a “waterless” printing process.

We will have the calendars ready by mid November, but please pre-order now! The calendars are $ 15 each.

Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and community, every page, every day! This calendar will be the perfect gift to your friends and family for this year’s holiday season.

Thank you!

P.S. If you haven’t seen last year’s calendar, view it here!

This year’s promises to be even more beautiful.

Putting the Garden to Bed… this Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

It’s that time of the year again. The air is crisp, the elections are over, hockey season is well underway, and in a quiet pocket in the neighbourhood of Parkdale, a community garden is being put to bed before the onset of winter.

What: HOPE Garden Cleanup

When: Sunday, Oct 26. 12 noon – 5 pm

Where: HOPE Garden, 220 Cowan Ave.

So please join us if you are in the area. We’ll share our favourite memories from the garden, meet old friends, and also hot delectable soup.

It’s for the comfort of fall. It’s falling leaves, soft cardigans, and getting ready to prepare for another stronger and more beautiful season of gardening next spring.

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