The Royal Winter Fair Starts Today

Piled squash with labels, just a peek at the food bounty at the Royal.

Piled squash with labels, just a peek at the food bounty at the Royal.

Today is the first day of the Royal Winter Fair, showing off Canada’s agricultural excellence. It’s more than just a horse competition, (although the horses are fantastic) this year the focus is on food, For the Love of Food, especially of the local variety, with lots of activities for kids and adults alike. It’s a perfect family destination for its 10 day run. For kids, there is the petting zoo, a playground (and rest area for parents) called Ag-tivity Central, and a really cool looking interactive exhibit called the aMAZEing Food Journey, showing how food travels from farm to table, with gigantic hanging vegetables at the entrance.

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Love The Ravines

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Toronto ravines make for leafy getaways all over the city.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) works to promote green space in the city, improve our solutions for public transit and waste disposal. They are supporters of a new partnered campaign Love The Ravines, which champions one of Toronto’s best assets, our network of ravines.

Toronto has incredible wilderness spaces that perform important ecological services and are great for recreational activities like running and cycling. Found in the heart of the city, our ravines are little known gems that deserve our love. That’s why TEA has joined with a number of organizations to launch a new campaign called #LovetheRavines.

They have partnered with Green Space, Patagonia, Environmental Defence, Dot Dot Dash and Park People in creating a petition to let Toronto City Council know

that you want our ravines to be added to the protected lands that make up Ontario’s Greenbelt.

I spend a lot of my time walkimg in Toronto’s ravines with my dog. I’m always thrilled to be able to be in a place of pure nature, right within the city limits. Our ravines enhance the livability of the city in countless ways. They need help, and we cant afford to take them for granted.

You May As Well Try to Catch The Rain: In A Rain Garden


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Rain garden with birdbath feature, and rock stream diverting downspout.

When you hear the phrase ‘rain garden’, you might think of a garden made of falling raindrops. That’s what came to mind the first time I heard the term. There’s a little poetry in the idea of a rain garden, but in fact, it’s a practical way of turning your garden into a cache for rainwater; about keeping rain where you want it, (and need it) rather than having rain run off madly in all directions.

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City Hall Roof Garden Cools it Down

Ornamental catnip, loved by bees, blooming on Toronto City Hall green roof.

Ornamental catnip, loved by bees, blooming on Toronto City Hall green roof.

While the goings-on at City Hall get heated in the summer of 2013, the plants growing on the vast roof garden are keeping it cool overhead.  Toronto City Hall’s roof garden has been in place since 2010 and it really is worth a trip up that curved, modernist ramp when you’re in the area. It’s the only way to see it, and what a pleasant surprise it is.

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Eco-Lawn Seed: Let the Seeding Begin!

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Eco-Lawn isn’t your ordinary thirsty, gas-guzzling lawn.

The whirlwind of spring has begun. And it’s the ideal time to seed my big green bag of Eco-Lawn grass seed! Eco-Lawn germinates best when temperatures are 55-70 degrees F, which makes late April and early May—right now—the perfect time. Eco Lawn and any other grass seed won’t germinate during the very hot summer. Grass likes it cool.

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