My special message for green hearts!

It doesn’t matter that our February in the north is cold and snowy or that it can tease us with the promise of spring. February is a month we cherish because this is when we celebrate love and devotion.

Having said that, I can think of no better time to acknowledge my fellow green thumbs because I know, firsthand, how much love and devotion it took to garden last year during the pandemic. Thank you to all those who volunteered in community gardens and gardened, not just for themselves but for others, the environment and future generations. You are special green thumbs with enormous green hearts and I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Leaside Green lives on

When Cheryl Vanderburg and I joined forces to write our Leaside Green columns, it was because we strongly believed there were so many great green stories in Leaside to shine a light on. It turns out, we were right!

In our April, 2020 article we paid tribute to some of our local Green Heroes including Cycle Don Valley Midtown, Eco Anselm, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Ben Chan and Tim Short (all nominated by local Leasiders) for their amazing green efforts. And this was just the beginning. There were still many great green stories to tell you about.

Because of the difficulty of writing Leaside Green during the pandemic, we put the column on the back burner. That is, until now!

Calling all green hearts

What if Leaside Green became a ‘have your say’ column where Leasiders could share your green ideas…a place where you could express your green dreams, your green initiatives and even your green issues? 

This could be your chance to use your voice, inspire us all and help make Leaside a greener and cleaner community.

This is our hope for the next phase of Leaside Green. We want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts at and we’ll take it from there. Happy Green Valentine’s Day!

About Debora Kuchme 67 Articles
After a 30-year career as a fashion designer, Debora worked at Horticultural Design for over a decade. Now with her concerns about climate change, she hopes to help local gardeners find positive solutions for a greener and healthier neighbourhood. As a board member of the Bayview Leaside BIA, she created the Bayview Pixies, a volunteer group introducing sustainable gardening practice to Bayview.