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Fleming Public School

Fleming Public School Wildflower Garden.

Fleming students begin planting the garden.

Fleming Wildflower Garden in the
following spring.

In 1997, Ontario's Governor General,
Hillary Weston, attended an FRW Planting
hosted by Fleming Public School.

Fleming Public School and FRW have enjoyed a productive conservation and education partnership since 1997.

Fleming teachers (e.g. Irene Hodges, Judy Thorne) have coordinated hundreds of Fleming Public School students to help FRW plant several thousand trees and shrubs in the Morningside Tributary behind their school.

This project restored natural vegetation around a Rouge Park stream that is home to migratory trout and the nationally vulnerable red-side dace minnow.

Ontario's Lieutenant Governor at that time, Hillary Weston, attended one of the planting events to celebrate the student's work.

Between 1999 and 2003, FRW worked with Fleming to create:

  • a three-phase wildflower garden at the south end of the school; and,
  • a wind-break of spruce trees on the west side of the schoolyard beside the Morningside Tributary.

TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Fund has contributed over $25,000 to these projects. 

The Fleming wildflower garden has won a number of awards including the TDSB's Bruce Daley Award and a 2002 Rouge Park Award.

The Fleming Garden has also been featured in the book, A Breath of Fresh Air, written by Elise Houghton with photographs by Robert Christie and a forward by Margaret Atwood.

FRW appreciates the ongoing contribution of Fleming students, teachers, principals and parents to the protection and enhancement of the Rouge Watershed and Park in Scarborough Malvern.

In the spring of 2004, FRW will partner with Fleming and other local schools for an Earth Day litter clean-up and tree planting within the Morningside Tributary.