Tree Lovers – Identify the Ash Trees so they can be treated with TreeAzin

Happy 2012 to all our fantastic Tree Tender graduates!

To start off this great year LEAF is partnering with the City of Toronto on a wonderful project. We’d like to help them identify a number of ash trees found in Toronto parks that could potentially be treated with a TreeAzin injection this coming spring.

We will be hosting a training workshop for 15 – 30 individuals who would like to help out with this project. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ramsden Park 1020 Yonge Street (conveniently located near Rosedale subway station).

The best part about this opportunity is that it not only encourages you to tour the wonderful park spaces in your neighbourhood, but it has to take place in the winter so these trees can be treated in the spring… so that’s right… this is the opportunity for you get to work on your winter Ash identification, with the help of the wonderful and amazing Jozef Ric, Forest Health Care Inspector from the City of Toronto’s Urban Forestry.

If you are interested in this project please send me a brief email with the following information:

  1. That you are indeed able to attend the training workshop on the date and time listed above.
  2. You are willing to spend a few hours between Feb and March walking through parks and looking for suitable ash trees.
  3. Why you would like to participate in this project.

This is going to be sooooooo good and so much fun… I can’t wait to start!!!


Amanda Gomm

Manager of Volunteers & Community Engagement
LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
Artscape Wychwood Barns

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Looking for a Day Trip – Try Richter’s

I want to tell you about my visit to Richter’s in December 2011. Richter’s are located in Goodwood, about an hour from Toronto by car. Goodwood is on Highway 47 just before Uxbridge. I don’t have a car anymore so I went by Go Bus. As a senior I paid $ 10.90 return fare. The Go Bus stops in front of Richters between Goodwood and Uxbridge. However on the way back you need to catch the bus in Goodwood or Uxbridge. The people at Richters were nice
enough to drive me back to Goodwood where I had lunch in this amazing restaurant. The restaurant also sells all kinds of frozen pies and lovingly preserved jams, jellies and pickles in jars.Amazing variety but expensive and without a cooler or car frozen unbaked pies are not good to transport.

Anyway, back to Richter’s. They have a very large greenhouse and sell mostly herb plants, but also herb seeds,
dried medicinal herbs and teas. I spent a lot of money on seeds even though I don’t have a garden anymore
I am a volunteer at the Daily Bread Foodbank garden and starting this spring I will be sharing a backyard with a
couple of friends. I liked the endless selection of seeds as well as the suggested combinations such as:
Culinary Herb Garden
Lemon Balm, Chervil, Chives, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano,
Sage, Savory , Sorrel, Sweet Basil and Thyme.
Tea Time Herb Garden
Anise-Hyssop, Lemon Balm , Chamomile, Mint, and Bergamot
There are more combinations for Herbs de Provence,
Butterfly Garden, Asian Herb Garden etc.

Of interest free seminars:
Urban Sprawl – Feb. 12, Free
Herbal Infusions Apr 22 1.p.m. Free
Lotions, Potions and Creams Apr. 29, 1.p.m
Boreal Herbal, May 5, free****this sounds really

Hope this info was useful