Media Alert - Fiskars, Canadian Tire and the City of Toronto partner to create Scarborough Village garden

    Fiskars Project Orange Thumb helps residents transform bare ground into a
    thriving garden - in a single day!

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     An intensive, one-day garden transformation that culminates in
              the dedication of a beautiful, flourishing green space for the
              Scarborough Village community. Filled with brilliant flowering
              plants, shade-giving trees, beautiful raised beds, and a
              relaxing sitting area, the new Scarborough Community Garden
              will nourish both the bodies and souls of neighborhood
              residents. The event will conclude with a celebratory ribbon
              cutting and dedication ceremony with presiding local, regional,
              and national dignitaries.

    WHO:      More than 50 people will roll up their sleeves and dig in, with
              Scarborough community members working side by side with
              Fiskars, Canadian Tire, City of Toronto staff.

              Master Gardener Joe Lamp'l will also be on hand. Nationally
              known as Joe Gardener, Lamp'l designed the Scarborough
              Community Garden makeover.

    WHEN:     Wednesday, May 27, 2009 / 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
              4:45 PM Dignitary Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony

              Attendees will include:
              Mayor David Miller
              Mike Arnett, President, Canadian Tire Retail
              Councillor Brian Ashton
              Paul Tonnesen, President, Fiskars
              Scarborough Village Community Garden Committee

    WHERE:    3620 Kingston Rd. Toronto, ON M1M 1R9

    BENEFITS: Fiskars, Canadian Tire and the City of Toronto are assisting
              the Scarborough Village community to create a garden that
              provides both beauty and sustenance as it fosters community

    PHOTO OPPS:                         INTERVIEW OPPS:

    8 AM - Garden groundbreaking        Paul Tonnesen- President, Fiskars
    Noon - Watch the transformation     David Miller - Mayor, City of Toronto
    4:30 PM - Ribbon cutting / garden   Mike Arnett - President, Canadian
     dedication                          Tire Retail
                                        Brian Ashton - Councillor, City of
                                        Joe Lamp'l, Garden Designer
                                        Scarborough Village Community Garden


    Since 2003, communities across the country have received more than
$200,000 in tools, plants and expertise through Fiskars Project Orange Thumb.
Designed to foster neighborhood pride, the grant and garden makeover program
has helped to install rain gardens, establish neighborhood vegetable plots,
and re-vitalize local parks; creating many beautiful, bountiful spaces that
share hope, lift spirits and build community bonds. For more information,


    Canadian Tire operates nearly 1,200 stores, gas bars and car washes in an
inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail, financial services and
petroleum. Canadian Tire Retail and its Associate Dealers together form one of
Canada's best-known and most successful retailers with 475 stores in
communities nationwide. Canadian Tire stores offer a unique mix of products
and services through the leadership of three specialty stores under one roof -
Automotive,Sports and Leisure, and Home Products.


    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in
delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's
incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity,
opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

For further information:

For further information: Brent McHenry (Fiskars), work: (608) 644-2876,
cell: (608) 213-7877,; Joanne Elson (Canadian Tire),
(416) 544-7778,; Aretha Phillip (City of Toronto),
(416) 392-6124,

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