Sun shining through a forested park area

From Sugar Maples to Honey Locusts and everything in-between, this workshop will give you an appreciation of the variety of trees in our urban landscape. Learn about some of the common tree species found in Ontario and the basics for how to tell them apart. The workshop will cover what to look for in leaves, bark, buds, or other hints that will help you to hone your tree identifying skills. You will also be introduced to some of the invasive species that are competing with our native trees.

After the presentation, join us for a walk around the neighbourhood and see how many trees you can pick out based on your newfound knowledge!



New subsidized program will pick the perfect location on your property, plant it and teach you how to care for it going forward.

Cambridge, ON. In partnership with the City of Cambridge and LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), Reep Green Solutions has launched a new subsidized tree planting program for homeowners in the Cambridge community. Trees are vital to the health of our cities and neighbourhoods and this program will help ensure homeowners are selecting the right tree for the right place.

Homeowners receive an in-person consultation with an arborist, as well as delivery and full planting service. Reep Green Solutions’ arborist assesses the conditions in the yard and asks about the homeowners’ needs and preferences to help them decide on the tree species and planting locations that are most suitable for their yard.

The City of Cambridge is subsidizing the cost of this program with additional support from the Ages Foundation Fund at the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation to encourage the growth and health of the urban forest. According to Brian Geerts, City of Cambridge Manager of Forestry and Horticulture, “Approximately 80% of the urban forest canopy is on private lands in the city. This program provides support for getting trees planted on private properties and complements the City’s own tree planting efforts in our parks, streets, and natural areas.”

The trees available through this program will all be native to Ontario. Native trees require less maintenance than exotic species, and provide essential habitat for local wildlife. Reep Green Solutions’ Manager of Green Infrastructure programs, Patrick Gilbride emphasized, “The focus of the consultation with an arborist is to help property owners pick the right tree for the right place, and teach them to provide the right care so that the trees will survive and thrive.” Trees are selected in collaboration with the homeowner to ensure its long term health and longevity.

Homeowners pay the subsidized price of approximately $150 – $220/per tree depending upon the tree(s) chosen, which includes a personalized consultation, delivery and full planting, along with a long-term care guide. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshops on tree maintenance and care hosted by Reep Green Solutions starting this fall. Interested homeowners can visit for more information.


Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity based in the Waterloo Region committed to helping people live sustainably. Reep offers home energy, waste reduction, water conservation and healthy yards services. For further questions on the program, please direct your inquires to Donnique Williams, [email protected].


Sunshine coming through leaves of a tree

A tree is an investment that gives back in benefits for decades. But with hundreds of trees to choose from, how do you decide which is best for your location? At this FREE workshop you will be guided through the process of selecting a tree that will thrive on your property. We’ll go through the decision making process looking at some of these questions:

  • Do I want shade, privacy, spring flowers, fall colours or winter interest?
  • Do I want to attract songbirds?
  • Is the soil dry or is it damp?
  • How close can my tree be to the house or power lines?
  • What’s the best time to plant and prune?
  • How do I take care of it once it’s been planted?

Come to learn and ask questions in this engaging, interactive workshop. After the presentation, join us for a walk around the neighbourhood to see examples of successful (and less successful) plantings.

Click HERE to Register for this FREE event!



Headshot of Adele Pierre, Presenter of this workshopAdele Pierre | Landscape Design & Tree Consultant, Reep Green Solutions

Landscape architect and ISA arborist, Adele Pierre leads an award winning design firm specializing in the creation of beautiful, low maintenance landscapes. Mindful of the effects of climate change on our natural systems, Adele incorporates native plantings in all projects to provide habitat for pollinators, build healthy soils and manage rainwater. As an arborist her particular concern is the health of urban trees, working with architects, engineers and planners to incorporate hardy species of trees in city plantings.

Along with her husband, a musician and woodworker, she enjoys country life on 2 acres in Haldimand County with a large vegetable garden, laying hens, honey bees and an extensive collection of native flowering shrubs and perennials to feed the bees. Their honey, mead and honey beer are spectacular.



We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking.


Funders + Partners

This workshop is part of a series Reep Green Solutions’ partnership with the City of Kitchener to provide an enhanced appreciation of our Urban Forest. The workshops are a companion to the City of Kitchener’s City-wide tree planting pilot that includes a subsidized tree planting from Reep Green Solutions.

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22 Jun 2019

Tunes for Trees

Sunshine coming through leaves of a tree

Come on out to support the growth of our urban forests and enjoy some local live music, delicious food and great company!

Event Details

What: Tunes for Trees is a FREE, zero waste, family friendly event and fundraiser hosted by Communities for Conservation partnering with Tree Canada to raise money to plant trees across the country and grow our urban forests.

Tunes for Trees is a fundraiser – Communities for Conservation ( is partnering with Tree Canada to raise money to plant trees across Canada in areas that need it most. Throughout the event, as well as the month of June, anyone in Canada will be able to text “CONSERVE” to 20222 to donate $5 to plant 2 trees, through Communities for Conservation.

The official event will run from 12:30 – 7:30. We have a music line-up for this entire time, amazing artists from the Waterloo Region, playing short 25 minute sets for the afternoon.

There will be vegetarian/vegan catered food for the event, as well as a limited supply of dishes (bring your own set!)
As well, we will have group bike fixing on site, and a participatory activity facilitated by RISE Waterloo.

Come visit the Reep Green Solutions booth and chat with us about our new Tree Stewardship Program including our subsidized, full service tree planting that includes a property visit and consultation with a professional arborist, delivery and planting of a native tree and follow up caring instructions!

When: Saturday, June 22nd, 1PM – 7PM

Where: Waterloo Park, Bandshell

Find out more!


Photo of a hat and garden tools

Master Gardeners wants to share their expertise in pruning not by showing but doing! Join us as Master Gardeners help prune the landscape at the KidsAbility Centre in Waterloo.

No experience required, dress appropriately, and bring your gloves and pruners (optional).

For more gardening tips attend our Rockway Gardens Pruning Demo and Tour on October 13th. 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Rockway Centre. More information here or register below.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: KidsAbility Centre (500 Hallmark Dr. Waterloo, ON N2K 3P5)
Registration: $5-10


Presentation: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Workshop: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Master Gardeners in the Province of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training. With this training and continuing education, Master Gardeners provide expert horticultural advice to the general public.


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Photo of a hat and garden tools

Master Gardeners are here to teach budding and experienced gardeners alike how to properly care for trees and shrubs. Learn first-hand how to ensure the health and longevity of your garden through basic pruning techniques.

Master Gardeners will provide a short presentation followed by a tour of the Rockway Gardens to see how different species are pruned during this pruning workshop. A few live demonstrations with branches or potted shrubs will be included.


For more gardening tips attend our Waterloo Hands-On Pruning Workshop on October 20th. 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at KidsAbility. More information here or register below.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 13th, 2018,  10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rockway Centre (1405 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2N9)
Registration: $5-10


Presentation: 10:00 a.m.
Tour: 11:00 a.m.

Master Gardeners in the Province of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training. With this training and continuing education, Master Gardeners provide expert horticultural advice to the general public.


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Meet at Idea Exchange, Preston and enjoy a guided walk through historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot for people in the community. Learn more about the trees that live and grow in the park and share our urban environment. This workshop will be led by Kristen Grittani, an ISA Certified Arborist, and Patrick Gilbride, from Reep Green Solutions. Visit Idea Exchange for more information.


Online – Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By phone – 519-653-3632

In Person – Visit any Idea Exchange location to register

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