Talkin' Trash With UHN

Freerange, organic, green healthcare ideas

UHN Gardens

Green Thumb? Black thumb hoping to be a green thumb? Check out the Gardens at UHN!

  • Bickle GROW Garden
  • UHN Real Food Garden
  • TRI-UC – Rooftop Garden

GROW: Garden Rehab On Wheels, at Bickle Centre

Our wheelchair accessible garden at Toronto Rehab, Bickle Center is also used for patient rehabilitation and staff engagement. This is the best outcome of our Talkin’ Local Food project, with funding from TD Friends of the Environment, it’s a collaborative effort involving our staff, patients and the Parkdale community organization Greenest City to grow food at Bickle Center. Contact to join.

UHN Real Food Garden:

– Scadding Court Community Centre Gardens, Near Toronto Western Hospital  

A great Green team project led by Geremy Capone and Lisa Vanlint. Staff, patients & friends of UHN volunteer to sow, hoe and grow some delicious produce. The harvest goes to ELLICSR to teach healthy cooking to cancer survivors and friends. Volunteers also share in the bounty. See more (pictures!) on the Talkin’ Trash with UHN Facebook page. Contact to volunteer on our weeding/watering schedule.


TRI-UC – Rooftop Garden


In Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s 5 South Geriatric Psychiatry Unit. More here

Useful Links:

UHN Real Food Garden 2013 Article by Geremy Capone. Find out all about these great cancer survivorship programs at ELLICSR A more fun space that includes the garden, and other goings-on for people affected by cancer. Some idea of what we do…

Friday’s Harvest: Kale, lettuce, green beans, and the world of cherry tomatoes
Fun in the garden: Shawn, Lisa & Christine
Harvest-in-action: Rossini, Shawn, Christine
Harvest-in-action: Rossini, Shawn, Christine


from Geremy’s Weeding101 with Krista at Scaddingcourt Community Centre: We had a great weeding session at the garden on Wednesday, and I figured it might be a good idea to post some of the pictures so that you know what should be pulled out of the ground when weeding. First weed is Brian’s or Charlies Beard…Someone’s Beard, anyways, it’s a weed. You can pull it out or Krista said you can eat it. (it tastes like a mix of grass and vinyl, so I’ll leave that up to you)

Garden Beard

Next we have this beauty, I forgot the name but until Wednesday it completely took over the middle section of the garden. It grows and spreads very fast so try and stay on top of it. Garden Beauty These little flowering buds tend to grow in between the weeds pictured above…yank them out. Garden flower And lastly, these little suckers. They are actually called suckers, found on our tomato plants. They will drain the nutrients and energy out of the plant and prevent them from flourishing. You can find them growing in between the main stem and a branch carrying fruit (or flowers). They will not produce any tomatoes so snap them off. Garden suckers Happy gardening!

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