In Support of Native Plant Gardens
Native plant gardens are a wonderful addition to urban areas. They bring a touch of nature back into our lives. They provide food and habitat for wildlife. They provide numerous environmental, financial, social, health, and psychological benefits. They've even been shown to calm traffic. So why do so many municipalities have a problem accepting them as part of a growing urban trend?
In 2007, Orillia resident Rodney Frost was charged under the City's Clean and Clear bylaw which limited the height of weeds and tall grass to 20 cm (8 inches). Facing the loss of his meadow, Frost challenged the bylaw. After much discussion, the City agreed to review their bylaw.
Toronto is the Ontario provincial capital and the most populous City in Canada. It also boasts some of the most antiquated weed laws in North America.
To register your protest of the treatment of native plant gardens in Toronto, Ontario, please contact Mayor Rob Ford
Mayor Ford was took office in December 2010. Although not responsible for past actions against native plant gardeners, he is responsible for future actions. Mayor Ford campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility. Let him know that Bylaw officers should focus on health and safety matters, not enforcing their personal opinions of garden aesthetics!
mail: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen Street West. Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
phone: 416-397-CITY (2489)
In July 2009, Judith O’Grady received a notice under Ottawa Bylaw 2005-207 stating that a complaint had been received about her garden.
A week later, Hank & Vera Jones, living in a rural area of Ottawa were charged under the same by law.
Please let Ottawa know that you support native plants in the city as well as the country. Contact Mayor Larry O'Brien.
mail: 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1