The Guildwood Butterflyway Project is a volunteer project of the David Suzuki Foundation, started by a group of enthusiastic native plant gardeners and monarch butterfly supporters in the community of Guildwood in south east Toronto in 2018.

Our Mission

With the impacts of chemicals, urbanization and climate change over the last 50 years, biodiversity is in trouble. Without a concerted effort to change the way we garden, the future of our native habitat is dim.

We are dedicated to educating gardeners about the importance of planting and restoring native ecosystems to support birds, insects and other wildlife. We call this “gardening with purpose”. When you approach your garden with a view to creating not simply something beautiful, but something that provides shelter, support and habitat, you are gardening with a higher purpose in mind.

Upcoming Events

Fall Shrub & Grass Sale On Now!

Native shrubs and grasses are often overlooked when we are planning our gardens. Many of these are either host plants for butterflies and moths, or provide valuable eco-system benefits such as shelter, nesting sites and food in the form of berries, fruit and nectar.

Our catalogue and order form are below. The order deadline is August 20th and pick up date is August 27th. Order soon as supplies are limited!

Fall 2022 Shrub & Grass Catalogue

Fall 2022 Order Form

Join the Guildwood Butterflyway Boulevard Project!

If your Guildwood property is fronted by a boulevard, we invite you to join the Guildwood Butterflyway’s 2023 boulevard pollinator planting project! This initiative borrows heavily from the inspirational Blooming Boulevards project that was started in Mississauga in 2019. Unlike the struggle that Mississauga residents had to go through (which involved having to lobby to have by-laws changed) the City of Toronto has proactively changed its by-laws and now allows homeowners to plant their boulevards, without permits but subject to certain restrictions. For further information read our article in the Guildwood Village News & Views Summer 2022 issue.

Photo credit: ©2021 Jitendra Chaudhari. Chaudhari Family Habitat Garden:, Bristol Rd, Mississauga. Blooming Boulevards provided native plants and garden design. Garden installed and maintained by Chaudhari family.

Education and Outreach

We attend and host community events and hold native plant sales in Guildwood. Check our upcoming events and come out to talk to us about what you can do to create a healthy habitat in your own garden. All funds raised go back into the community through gifts of native plants to non-profits, schools and churches. This year we are also seeding a landslide area along the waterfront below Guild Park with wildflower seeds to restore the vegetation that has been lost. We have donated and planted canoes with native wildflowers to honour Toronto’s lost rivers and indigenous history at schools and non-profits in the area.

Useful Information on Gardening for Pollinators:

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Sources of Native Plants near Guildwood:

Books and Reference Sources:

  • Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy
  • Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy
  • Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  • 100 East-to-Grow Native Plants by Lorraine Johnson
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Bees, An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather Holm
  • ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario by Peter W. Hall, Colin D. Jones, Antonia Guidotti & Brad Hubley

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