In 2013, the Friends of Alexandra Park and a team of volunteers planted 45 native edible trees and shrubs in the park, including:
- 3 Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)
- 4 Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)
- 9 Service Berry (Amelanchier Canadensis)
- 9 Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)
- 6 Paw Paw (Asimina)
- 3 Hazlenut (Corylus Americana)
- 6 Black Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa)
- 3 Purple Flowering Rasberry (Rubus Odoratus)
- 2 Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)
Native species are adapted to local conditions and therefore require less water and maintenance. They also improve our local biodiversity and provide habitat and food for birds, mammals and various insects.
Edible plants increase equitable access to healthy, local food. Planting edible species is also a way to strengthen community by empowering neighbours to share in the harvest of city-grown food resources.
A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who helped dig, plant and water the new trees. It was a real community effort!
Alexandra Park’s new trees are brought to you with the kind support of LIVE GREEN TORONTO and the SCADDING COURT COMMUNITY CENTRE.