Free Trees and Shrubs! Harbord Village Tree Fair — order now for June 2 event

Our recent tree inventory shows that we’ve lost 25% of our tree canopy since 2008. We need to plant new trees as well as maintain the ones we still have. Let’s keep the neighbourhood green!

Tree For Me (a program of Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation) is offering us free trees and shrubs, along with advice about planting and caring for them and followup support afterwards. Visit TreeForMe.ca/plant and go through the helpful steps: choose the right tree or shrub for your planting conditions, then find the HVRA event listing, and register your order for pickup at the Harbord Village Tree Fair on June 2. They’re all native species, suitable for city life, and they’re small enough to carry home easily and plant on your own. If you want, you can plant the shrubs in mid-size containers on your patio, deck, or balcony.

Save the date! Harbord Village Tree Fair, 1 to 3pm, Sun. June 2 — alongside our yearly Plant Fair on the front patio of Kensington Gardens south building at 25 Brunswick. Attend a brief tree-planting workshop and pick up the trees or shrubs you’ve ordered at treesforme.ca/plant.

  • These trees and shrubs are meant for planting on private property. If you want a free tree for your front yard (which is nearly always city property in Harbord Village), visit the City’s Tree-Planting page or call 311 and make a request.
  • If you’re a renter, ask your landlord for permission to plant a tree or a couple of shrubs, and promise to water them until they get established. That will improve the property value, as well as give you the enjoyment of tree-tending.
  • If you need help picking up your tree and/or planting it, Tree For Me will provide it. Search for “delivery” on the TreeForMe page.

Volunteers are also needed to help with publicity and managing the event. Please contact Gardeners@harbordvillage.com to indicate your interest and your availability. People will be needed to distribute publicity material in May and to fill various roles on the afternoon of June 2. Enjoy working with your neighbours, and make a difference to our area!