The LEAF Learning Garden is Canada's first smartphone-friendly garden. Using QR codes and other signage, the demonstration space allows people to experience and learn about a wide array of native species that provide habitat for wildlife such as birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Who cares for it?
The garden is cared for by community stewards using permaculture techniques such as mulching, water conservation strategies, feeding the soil with compost, and ensuring resilience through biodiversity. Designed as a welcoming space, we hope that the garden will inspire others to create similar habitat gardens in their own yards following the same principles.
The garden's hands-on outdoor learning environment, interactive educational workshops and promotional material as well as its prime focus on community engagement and ongoing stewardship are what make this public space unique.
Where can I find it?
This garden is located at the internationally renowned Artscape Wychwood Barns, a multi-use public facility in the city of Toronto and home to the LEAF office. We are on the east side of Christie, one block south of St Clair Ave. West. This prime public location allows for passers-by, dog park users and the thousands of individuals attending community events in the Barns to watch our garden grow.
The garden was originally designed by our dedicated group of volunteer stewards. We’ve decided to expand and our first step was to contact the experts at Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes Inc. They generously provided us with a beautiful design for expansion. We’ve started by laying a mulch pathway along the wooden fence that leads to the garden and creating seating for our outdoor classroom. Over the next few years, we’ll be working to raise the funds needed for further improvements.
To become a garden steward, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and indicate that you are interested in stewardship at the LEAF Learning Garden!