Great Garden Search Contest

Contest started Monday, March 1st, 2010 and will be ending Friday, May 14 at 5pm.

Show the world that Toronto is a Community Gardening leader by helping us unearth our hidden gems!

The Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) is pleased to announce The Great Garden Search of 2010, a contest to find community gardens across the City of Toronto. The contest includes Etobicoke, Toronto, City of York, East York, North York and Scarborough, and it will appeal to scavenger hunters, neighborhood buffs, garden enthusiasts, and anyone who likes a challenge, while at the same time helping TCGN to document all of these hidden gems.

Why this contest?

TCGN wants to put Toronto on the map as one of the world’s leaders in community gardening. In order to do that we need to show how many community gardens we have covering this entire city: Etobicoke, Toronto, City of York, East York, North York and Scarborough.

What are community gardens?

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, families, and friendships. Community gardens are run by communities for communities, and can be organized in any way that the community decides.

Personal gardens are not eligible in this contest. Gardens must involve 3 or more households and cannot be in a residential backyard.

How to Participate:

To participate in the contest look at the Community Gardens Map listed on our TCGN website. Then, walk around, use Google maps, search high and low, to find community gardens that are NOT listed on the website.

When you find new gardens email your entries to Norma Dickinson: or phone (416) 363-6441 ext. 279

In your email or phone call please include:

  • Your Name:
  • Your email or phone number:
  • Name of Garden (if applicable):
  • Location of Garden (including address if possible):
  • Nearest Intersection
  • Garden Contact Information.

How to win:

The grand prize will go to the participant who finds the largest number of gardens that are not on the TCGN website.
Bonus points will be awarded for gardens with garden contact information. i.e. garden coordinator’s name, email address, website or phone number but you must have gardener’s permission to give contact information to TCGN.

Contest Rules:

  • Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate.
  • The contest runs from March 1 – May 14, 2010.
  • Gardens must be between Steeles Avenue and Lake Ontario, and between the Rouge River and Highway 27 to be eligible.
  • If garden contact information is being provided, it must be either publicly available or the contest participant must have permission to provide it.
  • Personal gardens are not eligible. Only community gardens are eligible. Gardens must involve 3 or more households and cannot be in residential backyards.


The contest winner, and the runners up, will be announced on Monday May 17, 2010.

  • The Grand Prize is $150
  • First Runner up: two Living Food Boxes
    And additional Runners up will also win fantastic prizes such as:
  • Fiskars garden shears-titanium blade coating
  • Books – Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail, autographed by the author – and – Real Food for a Change, by Wayne Roberts
  • A Garden Essentials Gift basket – and a Book – Real Food For a Change, by Wayne Roberts
  • Own Leafy Vegetables: Complete mini garden kit with seeds and peat pellets and planters
  • A bag with Herbed Vinegars – and a Book – The Family Kitchen Garden: How to Plant, Grow and Cook Together – by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner and Annette WendlandAnd
  • More fabulous prizes to be announced!

Thank you to FoodShare, Live Green Toronto, Gayla Trail, Zora Ignjatovic, and Laura Berman for generously donating these prizes.

Bread and Roses Life, L. Rogers
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Guerilla Gardening this May in Toronto

Interested in guerilla gardening? Be there Sunday at 2pm at the 519 Community Centre to make seed bombs. The event will be on the second floor. Prospective guerilla gardeners are asked to bring any seeds that you have to donate.

We’ll be throwing the seed bombs on Thursday May 7th at 7pm. The location is yet to be determined. (Top secret for now)

If you know of any spots that could use a seed bombing please email

Bread and Roses Life, L. Rogers
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