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April 30, 2008
Daffodils and other colourful perennial flowers brighten the Don Valley Parkway
A segment of land beside the Don Valley Parkway is now in full bloom.

More than 40,000 daffodil, scilla and muscari bulbs were planted in the fall along the centre median of the Don Valley Parkway between Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E., and the flowers are now enhancing the beauty of this area.

This initiative is part of Mayor David Miller’s neighbourhood beautification program to support projects that make Toronto’s neighbourhoods cleaner and more beautiful.

“These flowers are a beautiful addition to the area that the travelling public can see on their way into or out of the city,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “It’s another terrific example of how we continue to improve all parts of the appearance of Toronto - our sidewalks, streets and other public spaces.”

The bulbs were planted in one metre wide strips through the use of a modified tractor that plants the bulbs automatically, permitting long uninterrupted stretches of beds to be established. Using a mix of daffodil, scilla and muscari bulbs produces a range of different colours and plant appearances. These species of plants do not require any maintenance after flowering and will re-appear annually.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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