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Green Me Shelter

These photos, of a garden constructed atop a bus shelter on Greenwood Avenue between Gerrard and Dundas, were recently uploaded to one of the Facebook groups of the Toronto Public Space Committee‘s Guerrilla Gardeners.
More after the fold.

Photos by Andy Brown. Jonathan Goldsbie is a campaigner with the Toronto Public Space Committee.


  • torontothegreat

    I actually watched them do this (I live in the area). Sure makes the shelter look better and they didn’t have to damage the shelter to do it! :)

  • rek

    They’ve been tearing out the old shelters along Carlaw to be replaced by the Astral Media advertising hotboxes; if they haven’t already started on Greenwood they will soon…

  • torontothegreat

    Not sure if you’re inept or blind, but the new shelters (Astral Media’s advertising hotboxes) and the existing shelters have ‘ads’ in them too. In fact, with a quick observation, they have the same amount of them.
    ooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOHHHHhhhhh wait, my bad:
    “An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial and usually irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of baiting other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.”
    Anyways, back on topic… Great stuff!!! would definitely like to see more of this kind of stuff from the TPSC.
    Do the TPSC Guerrilla Gardiners take suggestions on locations?

  • dowlingm

    Great idea with one small caveat – those boxes are well secured against wind, right? It would be a shame to have such a great idea ruined by a flying box clobbering somebody.

  • rek

    Not sure if you’re new (you’re not) or just being dense, but I was referring to the greenhouse-like construction of the new shelters. Hence “hotboxes”.
    ooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOHHHHhhhhh wait, my bad: In the above-linked article you commented several times, displaying your inability to grasp basic concepts and refusing to believe the sun plays a major role in hot weather.
    Anyways, back on topic… As much as I appreciate this roof garden, I doubt it will last since the shelters in adjacent streets are being removed.

  • torontothegreat

    > those boxes are well secured against wind, right? It would be a shame to have such a great idea ruined by a flying box clobbering somebody.
    My friend and I were unsure of this too, we jumped up to try to ‘move’ the boxes but couldn’t not sure how they managed to secure them but they did!
    The wind didn’t move them either and it gets pretty windy around that park.

  • torontothegreat

    >As much as I appreciate this roof garden, I doubt it will last
    This photo must be like 2 weeks old, cause it was removed about a week ago and stayed for about a week.

  • dowlingm

    there will be plenty of shelters left to do because you can be sure Astral are prioritising shelters with revenue potential and the piece of crap (pre-CBS by the look of it) at my stop will remain.

  • Vincent Clement

    That has to be one of the shittiest looking gardens. They didn’t even bother taking the plants out the cell packs.

  • atomeyes99

    i’ve wondered why pollution-engulfed Toronto doesn’t pass a bill to mandate rooftop gardens or green roofs for all new condo structures.
    i was doing the math….
    if we could have each home plant 1 tree…and have each condo plant 40 trees on their rooftops…
    the amount of oxygen they would product, plus the shading/cooling effect would be amazing.
    but, of course, the city would rather talk about tearing down the Gardiner (and increasing pollution from more braking and accelerating) than look at mandating green plans.
    but i digress….
    its a shame that someone (i.e. Astral Media) tore that garden down. it has character. the city needs more of that.

  • awb

    I toured the rooftop garden at Mountain Equipment Coop during Doors Open this year and learned a good deal. With the reinforcement of the roof to bear the weight of the garden, and the plants, which are all local species, the cost of the garden was approx. $10000. It requires almost no maintenance, except seasonal checks for trees growing – they must be removed because the garden is only 4 inches deep and can’t sustain them. Blah blah blah, we all get why geren rooftops are important… I just wanted to mention this stat: if 25% more rooftops in Toronto were green, they would catch so much rainwater, thereby averting enough run-off to make our lakes swim-able. Amazing! This is one of the urban environmental causes I put myself entirely behind. I’d love to see more happen here.
    As for the topic at hand – I love the shelter’s garden, only wish it had stayed put. It’s too bad the new shelters have curved roofs so they can’t be planted.