Scarborough Village Neighborhood Gets Single Day Garden Makeover

Toronto Garden Makeover

Toronto, ON (May 27, 2009) – Where yesterday there was a vacant lot, dotted with trees, today the Scarborough Community boasts a lush garden. Brightly flowering annuals and perennials abound, hundreds of delicious vegetables found homes in new raised beds and majestic towering trees blow in the wind as they surround this special place.

The most amazing part: the entire transformation took just a single day – thanks to the combined efforts of a determined team. Fiskars, Canadian Tire, and the City of Toronto helped to return a sense of community back to the Scarborough Village Community through Fiskars Project Orange Thumb initiative.

A team of over 50 tilled and planted from early morning to late afternoon at the garden site on May 27. The makeover included all donated labor, design time, project coordination, tools and necessary supplies. Fiskars selected the Scarborough Community for this project and coordinated, developed, designed and managed the day long makeover. Canadian Tire donated all planting materials and supplies for the project, and assisted with the garden design and installation.

“We are excited to start the year with the first ever Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in Canada! The Scarborough Community Garden is also our first garden makeover project of 2009. With three successful garden projects completed in Chicago (May, 2008), San Francisco (August, 2008) and Orlando (December, 2008), we hope that this further celebrates the importance of gardening in providing beauty, sustainable food resources and a place of community,” said Paul Tonnesen, President of Fiskars.

“As the country’s largest retailer of lawn and garden products and a company focused on giving back to the community, we are truly delighted to be involved in this meaningful community initiative” says Mike Arnett, president, Canadian Tire Retail. “Canadian Tire is proud to work with the members of the Scarborough community to transform this space into a beautiful garden that will be enjoyed for the years to come.”