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- Landscape Consultations
- Rainscape design & installation
- Rain harvesting (rain barrels)
- Organic Garden Maintenance
- Garden Clean-ups & makeovers
community & businesses
- Streetscape and public space transformation with raingardens, pollinator plantings and more
- Maintenance and makeover of parkettes and planter boxes
- Community gardens and planting events
- Raingarden and Eco Garden Workshops
- Community Events and Walking Tours
RAINSCAPING – WHAT IT IS And its benefits
Rainscaping includes strategies such as rain water harvesting, composting and care for the soil, organic garden management, permeable paving, rain gardens, bioswales, woodland restoration and pocket forests, and stream bank restoration if you have a creek in your garden.
A rain garden is a small bowl shaped area in the garden that catches water from roof and driveway and allows it to soak into the ground instead of flowing over the road into the sewers and the lake. This reduces flooding and keeps pollutants out of the lake.
Focused on You
Inspired by Your Local Historic Ecosystem
Protect Your Property & Reduce Neighbourhood Flooding
Less Maintenance & Need to Water the Garden
Indigenous Knowledge & Modern Techniques
Increase Property Value & Curb Appeal
Protect Rivers & Lakes
ABOUT US – OUR TEAM
Our staff consists of young adults from Indigenous and equity deserving communities who share their knowledge and perspective on sustainable living while working with our experienced landscaping leadership. Working along side experienced landscapers, these young adults develop industry experience, apply their unique techniques to your property, and build a brighter future for all. RAINscapeTO is a program of Toronto Green Community (TGC), a non-profit engaging neighbourhoods, promoting diversity, and building sustainable communities across Toronto since 1995.
Plants, shrubs & trees
Pollinator and rain gardens
Squared Meters of public green spaces maintained
Jose Torcal, Manager
Prior to joining RAINscapeTO, Jose was a Program Manager in the Sustainable Neighbourhoods team at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).
Paula Messina, Human Resources Advisor
Helen Mills, Program Advisor
developer of the Green Garden Visit, founding partner of Green Gardeners Community Collaborative
(GGCC), key player in the establishment of Eglinton Park Heritage Community Garden, and founder of Lost
Rivers, a project that connects people with the lost watersheds and water infrastructure of the city through
walking tours, storytelling, eco-interventions and online maps and information. Helen is an independent
landscape design consultant and garden educator who has been researching and building residential rain
gardens since 2008. Helen has been and will continue to consult on the ongoing development of
RAINscapeTO which was launched as a pilot program by TGC in 2016.
GreenForceTO is a green workforce development project initiated in 2021. The project, led by Transportation Services’ Green Streets program, in partnership with the Energy and Environment Division, looks to bridge the gap of maintenance of green infrastructure and horticulture in the right-of-way and build a landscape-skilled workforce. City of Toronto Transportation Services’ (TS) Green Streets, Operations and Management (O&M), Neighbourhood Projects, and Live Green Toronto collaborated with RAINscapeTO and Building Up and comprised the project management team (PMT).
Thorncliffe Pollinator Garden
For more information about the GreenForceTO program and the progress of our new initiatives, please refer to our annual report
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