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September 12, 2006
City announces 2006 City-wide Garden Contest winners
  
Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, Chair, Economic Development and Parks Committee and Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation today announced the winners of the 2006 City-wide Garden Contest.

“It is important to acknowledge individual efforts in the greening of our city because so often we think of greening as large civic projects,” said Councillor Lindsay Luby. “The city is enhanced by the efforts of all contestants of the City-wide Garden Contest and everyone who has improved or maintained their own personal green space. The people we are acknowledging today have raised the bar and we deeply appreciate their efforts.”

Each of the contestants was already a winner in their local garden competitions before being nominated for the City-wide Garden Contest where gardens are judged in four categories: traditional, environmental, community and commercial. The winners of the 2006 City-wide Garden Contest are:

Residential Traditional
First Place: Domenic and Rosa Delessandro - 100 Slan Ave. (Ward 43)
Second Place: Cesare and Connie Testani - 27 Larchmere Ave. (Ward 7)

Residential Environmental
First Place: John and Shari Ezyk - 18 Ashley Park Rd. (Ward 4)
Second Place: Karen and Bart Boniface - 133 Pegasus Trail (Ward 38)

Commercial
First Place: Mamma Martino’s Pasta and Pizzeria Restaurant, 624B The Queensway (Ward 5)
Second Place: Skypark Recreation / Apartments - 225, 255, 275 Bamburgh Circle (Ward 39)

Community
First Place: St. George’s On-The-Hill - 4600 Dundas St.West (Ward 4)
Second Place: Church of the Nativity - 10 Sewells Rd. (Ward 42)

“On behalf of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, I would like to extend congratulations and thanks to the winners of this year’s garden contest and to all the residents, community groups and private sector organizations that work side-by-side with our parks staff to beautify our city,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “I am really impressed by the way we have all come together to contribute to the beautification of our city.”

Other greening activities that Parks, Forestry and Recreation have been engaged in this year include:

Floral displays and plantings
This summer, Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s four greenhouses produced over 1 million annuals of diverse varieties that were planted in floral displays throughout City parks.

Ward Projects
In 2006, Parks, Forestry and Recreation selected 8 to 10 projects in each ward. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs were planted and new hardscapes were created by adding rocks and irrigation systems.

Operation Sunflower
Operation Sunflower is a partnership between Parks, Forestry and Recreation and one school in each of Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods. Operation Sunflower also formed alliances with the Children’s Learning Gardens, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and other community garden groups. Children were taught to plant, grow and maintain sunflowers and learned about environmental benefits and responsibilities while developing life skills.

Orphan Spaces
During 2005, Parks, Forestry and Recreation teamed with Transportation Services to clean up and beautify 48 orphan spaces such as the Front Street median, Jarvis/Richmond traffic island and Ellesmere Road median as part of the maintenance program, resulting in dramatically improved landscape and horticultural displays. In 2006, the second stage of the orphan spaces program was phased in and 11 locations were added to the program.

To view the winning gardens of the 2006 City-wide Garden Contest, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/garden_contest/index.htm.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726


 

 

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