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Yonge Street is in bloom – landscapers take Planter Box Challenge

August 16, 2012.

When Celebrate Yonge kicks off this Friday, Yonge Street will be overflowing with beautiful planter boxes designed and planted by professional landscapers, thanks to a challenge issued by the City of Toronto’s Live Green Toronto program.

Twenty landscapers and gardeners answered the call to design and produce the 86 seasonal plantings that will adorn Yonge Street during Celebrate Yonge, a four-week event that begins on August 17. The winner will be featured on Breakfast Television with Frank Ferragine.

“It’s great to see so many landscaping businesses take up the challenge and make our city even more clean, green and beautiful,” said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the City’s Parks and Environment Committee.

“I am delighted to see so many people come together to transform Yonge Street into a pedestrian-friendly oasis in the heart of the city,” said Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). “I invite all Toronto residents and visitors to come and enjoy the sidewalk cafes, beautiful planter boxes, restaurants, businesses and entertainment that make Yonge Street such a unique destination.”

Judging will take place on Friday, August 17. The winner will be announced on Thursday, August 23. Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, visual appeal, consistency with an assigned theme and the use of environmentally friendly plants and materials.

Judges include Citytv’s Frank Ferragine; Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam; Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office; and the Toronto Star’s Architecture Critic, Christopher Hume.

More information about the Live Green Toronto Planter Box Challenge and Celebrate Yonge is available at http://www.celebrateyonge.com.

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