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November 12, 2009
2009 Toronto Garden Awards recipients announced
Today, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, (Councillor Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth); representatives of the City of Toronto; and Garden Awards judge Mark Inglis - Landscape Architect at Marshall, Macklin and Monaghan, announced the winners of the 2009 Toronto Garden Awards at City Hall.

"By planting flowers, ground cover, trees and a host of other plants into your garden, you create vistas of visual, tactile and aromatic splendour," said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. "The gardeners we honoured today improve our city as a whole, and increase the beauty and civic pride for all Torontonians."

The finalists for the 2009 Toronto Garden Awards were winners of local community garden contests the previous year.

"Torontonians who work long hours planning, planting, watering and pruning their own yards have been recognized for their hard work and creativity," said Councillor Fletcher. "The City celebrates those residents who contribute to the natural environment and social fabric of their communities, on their own time, on their own property, for all to enjoy."

There are four categories in the contest:
• Traditional Residential (garden and lawn combination)
• Environmental Residential (where the homeowner practices environmentally-friendly garden practices and some or most of the lawn is replaced with plants and / or ground cover)
• Commercial (commercial properties including apartment complexes and corporate spaces
• Community (non-residential properties such as churches, libraries, schools, etc. that are maintained by community volunteers).

The following are the 2009 Toronto Garden Awards recipients:
• Traditional Residential category: Linda Rhinelander, Pheasant Lane, Etobicoke
• Environmental Residential category: Bruce and Cathy Simpson, Riverwood Parkway, Etobicoke
• Commercial category: Queensway Volkswagen on The Queensway, Etobicoke
• Community category: Lee Tak Wai Holdings Ltd., Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough.

The winners received a certificate from Mayor David Miller, a personalized rosette ribbon, a collection of digital photos of all the outstanding gardens and a personalized plaque.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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