Awareness Campaigns

Education and awareness is key to preventing the spread of and managing invasive plants. The OIPC, along with our committees, have developed a number of past and current campaigns that do just that.

Grow Me Instead

Man speaking into a microphone in front of a blackboardIn 2011, the HOC worked closely with the horticulture and landscape industry to develop a provincial Grow Me Instead campaign.

The Grow Me Instead guides identify invasive garden plants and provides suitable native or non-native, non-invasive alternatives.

Grow Me Instead Guides

Grow Me instead Nursery Recognition Program

The Grow Me Instead Nursery Recognition Program recognizes nurseries that carry and promote the sale of the non-invasive and native garden plants featured in the Grow Me Instead guide. These nurseries also distribute copies of the Guide.

If you own or work for a nursery and would like information on this program, please contact us.

Participating Nurseries

Alcock Nurseries, 367 Dundee Crescent, RR#1, Campbellcroft, Ontario, L0A 1B0

Arbor Garden Centre and Nursery, 6556 Trafalgar Road, Hornby Ontario

Baker Forestry Services, 5001 9th Line, Georgetown, Ontario, L7G 4S8

Baltimore Valley Garden Centre, 5599 County Road 45, Cobourg, Ontario

Bellavance Nursery and Landscaping, 1521 Essex County Road 22, Belle River, Ontario, N0R 1A0

Black Forest Garden Centre, 15445 Keele St. N, King Ontario, L7B 1A8

Blue Star Nursery, 5056 Malden Road, Windsor, Ontario, N9E 3T9

Blue Willow Garden and Landscape Design Centre, 23834 Highway 48, Baldwin Ontario

Burley’s Garden and Suite, 2604 Television Road, Peterborough, Ontario, K9L 0E1

Canadian Tire – Cobourg, 1125 Elgin Street West, Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 5T9

Canadian Tire – Lindsay, 377 Kent Street West, Lindsay Ontario

Chalk Lake Greenhouses, 2700 Lakeridge Road, Uxbridge Ontario

Cindy’s Garden, 585 Seacliffe Drive, Kingsville, Ontario, N9Y 2K6

Crooked Creek Garden Centre, 4480 Concession Road 4, Newtonville, Ontario, L0A 1J0

Earthgen International Inc, 85766 Canborough Road, Dunnville, Ontario, N1A 2W1

Evergreen Garden Market, Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3X8 (see photos)

Ferguson Forest Centre, 275 County Road 44, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G 1J0

Flora Gardens, 2465 Highway 3, Oldsastle, Ontario, N0R 1L0

ForForaz 936587 Airport Road, Mulmur, Ontario, L9V 0L5

Glen Echo Nurseries Inc. 15070 Airport Road, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2W7

Horlings Garden Centre, 3056 Lakefield Road, Selwyn, Ontario, K9J 6X5

H. Richardson Farms, 4825 Regional Road 9 East, Kendal, Ontario, L0A 1E0

Humber Arboretum, 205 Humber College Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 5L7

Johnston’s Greenhouse and Garden Centre, 871 Crawford Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 3X1

Lemoine Point Conservation Area, 1440 Coverdale Road, Kingston, Ontario

Maidstone Tree Farm, 7010 Highway 3, Maidstone, Ontario, N0R 1K0

Mason House Gardens, 3520 Durham Road RR #1 (Brock Road), Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P 1R4

Native Plants in Claremont, 4965 Westney Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1Y 1A2 (see photo)

Native Plants Nurseries, 12965 Regional Road 39, Zephyr, Ontario

Natural Themes, 219 Maybee Road, RR 1, Frankford, Ontario, K0K 2C0

Not So Hollow Farm, 838369 4th Line East, Mulmur, Ontario, L9V 0J7

Ontario Flora, Various locations, Toronto, Ontario

Paradise Nursery and Garden Centre, 4481 Alma Street, Amherstburg, Ontario, N9V 2Y9

Prosperity Acres, 2666 Harmony Rd (Tyendinaga Twp), Corbyville, Ontario, K0K 1V0

Return of the Native, 1186 Flos Rd. 10 E. Elmvale, Ontario, L0L 1P0

Rockwood Forest Nurseries, 437 Mark Road, RR1 Cameron, Ontario, K0m 1G0

Smylies Independent Grocer, 293 Dundas St E, Trenton Ontario

Strickland’s Perennials, 5467 Middle Road, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3K2

St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre, 885 Highway 24, St. Williams, Ontario, N0E 1P0

Toronto Botanical Garden Store, 777 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, Ontario

The Wildflower Farm, 10195 Highway 12 West, Orillia Ontario

Tuckey Home Hardware, 136 Wortley Road, London, Ontario, N6C 3P5

Vandermeer Nursery, 588 Lakeridge Road South, Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 1X3

Verbinnen’s Nursery (Wholesale), 1504 Brock Road, R.R.4 Dundas, Ontario, L9H 5E4

Wildlife Gardening, Landscaping, Ecological Restoration and Native Plant Nursery, 815328 Oxford Road, RR#2, Princeton ON, N0J 1V0

William’s Nurseries Ltd, 315 Road 12 RR#3, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 3V6

For more native plant nursery information, download Credit Valley Conservation’s Guide to Native Plant Nursery and Seed Suppliers in Ontario.

Look Before You Leave

In 2012, the Communications Committee developed the Look Before You Leave campaign, to inform outdoor enthusiasts about the spread of invasive plants. The original campaign included:

  • A visual poster which outlines key pathways of invasive species on our equipment and gear, how to identify them, where they can be found and how to remove them to limit their spread. These posters were provided to partners and stakeholder in hard copy and electronic format for posting at various Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas across Ontario,
  • Developed a series of radio public service announcements which is aired throughout the summer months,
  • Held events at various locations in Ontario to target key audiences and inform them of the campaign,
  • Held media events which included the Weather Network and CHEX television.

 

May 24 Cartoon Look Before You Leave Campaign

In addition to the original campaign, a May 24 cartoon campaign was created in 2013 to increase online interaction and reach audiences through social media. These cartoons are free to download and use.

Look Before You Leave Expansion 2014

In 2014, we expanded the campaign even further to include four new posters, specifically targeting campers. These posters are free to download and use.