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Plant Positivity Gardens

Isaac in the Plant Positivity Gardens with corn. Green overlay

The Plant Positivity Gardens are six gardens that add more than 50 varieties of native plant species to the existing 8,000-square-metres of gardens across Evergreen Brick Works.

In partnership with Aphria Inc.'s Plant Positivity, Evergreen has created new spaces for us to reflect, socialize and learn more about the natural world.

These themed gardens contribute to a thriving community and educational space, further establishing Evergreen Brick Works as a place where people can experience sustainable practices that make cities flourish.

Plant Positivity Map

Experience the Gardens

Plant Positivity Garden Tours

Each Sunday during August, we will host a Plant Positivity guided tour. Participants will walk through the six gardens, hearing stories about the native plant species and learning about how they are utilized. Registration is required. 

 

Self-guided Plant Positivity Audio Tours

Enjoy the sensory experience of the Plant Positivity gardens whenever you like with the free self-guided audio tours. Evergreen’s lead gardener, Isaac Crosby, will share stories and help identify plants and gardening techniques from the six gardens. Simply scan the QR code on the garden signs to stream or download the audio. There is free WIFI available on-site. The tour will begin at The Restore Garden and conclude at the Connect Garden to encourage conversation and contemplation.

Interested in starting your own Plant Positivity garden? Visit the Evergreen Garden Market and pick up one of our starter kits.

The Gardens

Evergreen’s lead gardener, Isaac Crosby, shares stories and identifies plants in each garden. Take a listen!

The Restore Garden

The Restore Garden is a reflection of resiliency. These plants have the power to purify the air, cleanse the soil and restore balance to ecosystems vital to our cities.

The Restore Garden includes:

  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
  • Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
  • Cardinal (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Turtle Head White (Chelone glabra)
  • Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Blue Vervain, Swamp Verbena (Verbena hastata)
  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)

The Develop Garden

The Develop Garden illustrates the natural plant cycle. As seasons shift, discover how plants blossom, grow and wilt, blooming again from the nutrients left behind in the soil.

The Develop Garden includes:

  • Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
  • Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  • Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
  • Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
  • Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
  • Elm (Ulmus)
  • Bottlebrush Grass (Hystrix Patula)

The Heal Garden

The Heal Garden focuses on the healing power of plants. From calming a sore throat to easing aches, plants have a long history of helping us heal.

The Heal Garden includes:

  • Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
  • Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
  • Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)
  • Chamomile (Chamomeleum nobile)
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

The Renew Garden

The Renew Garden is an invitation for you to reflect. Take the time to simply appreciate the sights, sounds and smells right in front of you, and hopefully it brings a sense of calm.

The Renew Garden includes:

  • Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
  • Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
  • Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
  • Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
  • Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
  • Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
  • Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)
  • Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Flat Topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

The Thrive Garden

The Thrive Garden highlights the importance of natural resources. Explore this peaceful space and listen to the podcast to learn about the gardening practices and techniques used here.

The Thrive Garden includes:

  • Sun Root (Helianthus tuberosus)
  • Tomato (Solanum sativum)
  • Cucumber (Cucumis sativum)
  • Lettuces (Lactuca sativum)
  • Blueberry (Vaccinium)
  • Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
  • Haskap (Lonicera caerulea)
  • Saskatoon Berry (Amelanchier canadensis)
  • Blackberry (Rubus)
  • Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris)
  • Mustards (Brassica sativum)
  • Snow and Snap Peas (Pisum sativum)
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon schoenanthus)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
  • Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
  • Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
  • Blanket Flower (Gailliardia)
  • Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Sweet Pea Flowers (Lathyrus odoratus)
  • Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)
  • Virgins Bower (Clematis virginiana)
  • Corn (Zea mays)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus)
  • Amaranth (Amaranthus)
  • Squash (Cucurbita)
  • Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

The Connect Garden

The Connect Garden is designed to celebrate the unique way each of us navigates and moves through the natural and built worlds. This space invites you to connect with nature, with yourself and with your community.

The Connect Garden includes:

  • Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
  • Hops (Humulus lupulus)
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Participate in the Workshops

Throughout August and September, we will host workshops inspired by each of the Plant Positivity gardens. Visitors can tour the gardens, hear stories about the native plants, learn about the gardening techniques and the benefits of plants.