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October 5, 2000
Toronto Celebrates its Environmental Achievements
Economic Development, Culture & Tourism -- Toronto City Hall turned
green last night as more than 200 gardeners, volunteers, and representatives
from natural environment organizations, horticultural societies and community
garden groups assembled at the Rotunda to celebrate Toronto's environmental

The second annual Thank You Green Toronto event celebrated Toronto's claim to
the Nations in Bloom title. The evening recognized the many volunteer groups
whose tireless efforts helped turn and keep Toronto beautiful. The event also
saw the announcement and presentation of the inaugural City of Toronto
city-wide gardening contest.

" Most of the green space in our City is comprised of people's front and back
yards," says Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager, Parks and Recreation. " This
is why individual efforts are so important. Tonight, we showcased and
recognized some of these outstanding gardens."

There are three categories in the contest: residential (traditional garden and
lawn combination), environmental (the lawn is replaced with plants or ground
cover) and commercial/institutional.

The residential category was won by Joan, Gary and Melissa Sullivan of
Ashbourne Drive, Etobicoke. The Sullivans created an intimate, usable front
yard that relates to the street by allowing public views of their garden's
4-season colour. The Sullivan garden has encouraged competing gardens in the

The environmental category was won by Paul McGraw of Scarborough whose front
yard is eclectic, educational and fun. This garden is a lesson in natural
heritage -- did you know that Ontario has a native cactus? Since the judging,
Mr. McGraw has passed away, and the award was received by his family on his

The Commercial/ Institutional winner is the Untied Church of Canada, Chapel
Court Apartments at Thorncliff Park Drive in East York. The owners effectively
use and superbly maintain every inch of their limited site.

The contest was judged by Mark Inglis, Landscape Architect, Marshall, Macklin
and Monaghan and Arthur Beauregard, Manager Environment and Horticulture, Parks
and Recreation. "One of the key factors in the judging is the contribution of
the garden to the neighbourhood," says Inglis.

The contestants of the 2000 city-wide garden contest were winners of three
district garden contests in 1999. Similarly, this year's district winners will
become the contestants of the city-wide garden contest in 2001.

The theme of this year's Thank You Green Toronto was Nations in Bloom the
international "Green Oscar" that Toronto brought home from Hamamatsu, Japan
earlier this year.

Toronto competed with other cities with populations of over a million and won
on account of its submission based on the following criteria: enhancement of
the landscape, heritage management, environmentally sensitive practices,
community involvement, and planning for the future.

Please note:
Pictures of the gardens are available in electronic format. To receive the PDFs
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