Grow Me Instead (GMI)
The Grow Me Instead (Southern Ontario) guide, 3rd Edition, is now available online! This release marks the most notable update of this popular guide since its initial release in 2010. With nearly 40 new “invasives” and “alternatives” included, this guide remains a fixture for invasive-free gardening across Ontario.
Click on the links below to access the *new* Southern GMI guide:
*Note: After printing the Southern GMI guide, we discovered errors that will be corrected when we reprint. In the meantime, please see the list of technical corrections, “GMI Erratum Edition 3 2020”
Click on the links below to access the Northern and Southern GMI guide (in French):
Grow Me Instead Seed Packets
In continuation of the Grow Me Instead (GMI) campaign, the OIPC’s Horticulture Outreach Collaborative created two native seed packets including a Northern Ontario (Ansie hyssop) and Southern Ontario (Wild Bergamot, Black-eyed Susan and Common Evening Primrose) wildflower mix in the fall of 2018. This ongoing GMI campaign aims to continue to promote the use of non-invasive garden alternatives for Ontarians through distribution to horticulture groups and individuals across Ontario.
Commercial Native Plant Growers List
In 2018, in an effort to better provide native garden alternative accessibility, the Horticulture Outreach Collaborative’s GMI seed packet campaign partnered with the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) through use of their logo on the seed packets and by increasing awareness of the NANPS’s Commercial Native Plant Growers List. This list is available on the NANPS’s website and features growers who specialize in native plants and do not sell invasive species.Please click below to access the list on the NANPS’s website and for further details.