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Divided we Stand (plants, not people)

Call for Division! Native Plant Divisions for our Biodiversity Corner

This fall, Green Thumbs is setting roots in Regent Park. In October, we will run our BiodiverCity Program in a new greenhouse and a new green space. With the help of Grade 6 students, we want to improve the biodiversity in the park by creating the Biodiversity Corner. We also need your help to transform the turf into a native plant garden. If you have native plants in your garden and feel like sharing, bring us some of your divisions! We are looking for seven specific species:

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot has violet flowers, dented leaves, and square stems.

New England Aster (Symphyotricum novae-angliae)

New England Aster has small bright purple petals, skinny pointy leaves, and a dark stem.

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

 Butterfly Milkweed has multiple bright orange flowers, hairy large leaves, and a long hairy stem.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

 Purple Coneflower has big pink petals, large pointy leaves, and sturdy stems.

Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

 Virginia Mountain Mint has small light purple flowers, long narrow leaves, and wiry green square stems.

Black –eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)


Black-eyed Susan has yellow petals, large coarse leaves, and sturdy stems.

Orange Daylily (Hemerocalis fulva)

 Orange Daylily has six orange petals, long narrow leaves, and a long stem.

If you have divisions of any of these species to donate, please label them, and bring them to Winchester School-Community Garden at the corner of Winchester St. and Rose Ave., Cabbagetown, or contact us at programs (at) Please do not donate other varieties without contacting us first!

Thank you very much for your generosity and your contribution to our Biodiversity Corner!

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