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Take the "Garden for Nature" Pledge!

Commit to creating outdoor spaces that support our local ecosystem 

Urban habitat creation at any scale can provide meaningful benefits to wildlife and the environment. Choosing to "Garden for Nature" could range from replacing your back lawn with a sea of native plants to finding a little spot outside your place of work for a bird feeder. Enough people making choices that support wildlife will add up to more healthy, vibrant natural communities.

Yes! I pledge to help create and maintain outdoor spaces that complement the natural environment and support thriving populations of birds, butterflies, and other types of wildlife.







 

 

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A Garden for Nature: The Tranquility Bird Garden

A cardinal on a branch

The Gardens for Nature Project began as part of the Weston Family Parks Challenge which saw the Humber Arboretum team up with Bird Studies Canada to create the Tranquility Bird Garden, a demonstration garden and learning space designed to help residents and community groups successfully plan, create, and maintain gardens that support thriving populations of birds, butterflies and other wildlife species.

Cover of the Bird Garden Guide

Download Building a Bird Garden in Toronto (PDF)

Plants wait to go in the ground at the Tranquility Bird Garden

 

The Humber Arboretum features several demonstration areas that showcase plant species and landscaping choices which you can recreate at home to support wildlife and the natural environment:

The Tranquility Bird Garden, created in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, is located to the left of the Humber Arboretum's main entrance. Follow the path past the Garden of the Rising Moon (the one with the waterfall) and you'll find the Tranquility Bird Garden beside the Humber College residence buildings. Interpretive signage will help you learn about the garden's design.

The Pollinator Garden is located right outside the front door of the Centre for Urban Ecology. You may visit at any time to see for yourself what's planted there; an interpretive panel will be installed in early 2018.

The Woodlands ESA is an area deemed Environmentally Significant by the City of Toronto, partially due to the variety of native flora it supports. Follow the trails into the woodlands to see a variety of native Carolinian tree species, many of which are labelled with arboricultural tags or are marked as part of the Tree Caching Trail.

 

Never been to Humber Arboretum? The Arb is located in North Etobicoke, behind the Humber College North Campus

To help create more "Gardens for Nature" you can:

Plant a variety of species that offer preferred food or shelter for wildlife such as birds and insects

Avoid monocultures (areas with just one type of plant) by replacing grass and working to naturally control invasive species

Offer natural structures as shelter for wildlife such as brush piles, old christmas trees, logs, and snags

Supplement natural habitat with bird feeders, bird houses, bee hotels, or bat boxes

Reduce threats to wildlife by learning how to prevent bird window-strikes and predation from pets

Provide a fresh, clean water source for wildlife, which can range from a water feature such as a pond or waterfall to a simple dish cleaned and changed regularly

 

Cover of the Bird Garden Guide Download Building a Bird Garden in Toronto (PDF) to help get you started.

A wren looks out of a bird house

Hands in garden gloves put a plant in the ground

By signing up here and taking the pledge you will:

Be making a personal commitment to take an action that can have an immediate impact on local wildlife populations

Be helping us demonstrate the public's interest in these issues in a way that can help us generate more attention and support

Have the option to receive occasional updates and new resources by email

If you choose to tell us a little about your own "Garden for Nature" plans, ideas, or concerns you'll be helping us develop future projects and workshops