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What's in your garden? Taking action against invasive plants

Jun 04, 2012


For Immediate Release               

Invasive species are recognized as the second greatest threat to biodiversity next to habitat loss. Invasive plants have the potential to negatively affect human health, agriculture, recreation, forestry and utility operations, and the associated economic cost increases exponentially as plants spread.  To help address the issue, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) will be officially launching the Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach Project and celebrating the success of the province-wide Grow Me Instead Campaign.

Through the campaign, Ontario garden centres are encouraged to carry and promote the sale of non-invasive and native garden plants featured in the Grow Me Instead guide. The Grow Me Instead campaign was made possible with the partnership and support from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canada/Ontario Invasive Species Centre.

Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach Project Launch

Learn more about the Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach Project, hear from Colleen Cirillo, Chair of the Horticulture Outreach Collaborative, Tat Smith from the Canada/Ontario Invasive Species Centre, Ken Towle, OIPC Vice-Chair, and Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources. There will also be a tour of non-invasive pants in Evergreen's Garden Market and throughout the Brick Works property.

DATE: Thursday, June 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m

LOCATION: Garden Market, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto

PARKING: Paid parking on site

Toronto and Region Conservation

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Ontario Invasive Plant Council

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is a non-profit, multi-agency organization coordinating a provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants.




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