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?

Orillia, Ontario

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.

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Toronto, Ontario

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 Toronto City Hall.

mail:  Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen Street West.  Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
phone:  416-397-CITY (2489)
fax:  416-696-3687

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Ottawa, Ontario

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.

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mail: 110 Laurier Avenue West  Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1J1
phone:  613-580-2496
fax:  613-580-2509

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