Beautifying Vaughan: Ensuring Beautiful Neighbourhoods for Years to Come


As part of the City of Vaughan’s Beautification Strategy, new flowers, trees, pollinator-friendly plants and shrubs are coming to neighbourhoods across the community. This includes partial and complete horticulture and streetscape enhancements to each ward this year. Partial enhancements may include soil improvements; the addition of some annuals, perennials, shrubs or pollinator-friendly plants; the removal of dead or declining plant material; minor pruning; mulch; and minor design changes. Complete enhancements may include full soil improvements, along with the removal of top layers containing weed seeds and additions of soil mixtures; new annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees or pollinator-friendly plants; the removal of dead or declining plant material; minor to major pruning; new stones or mulch; and full design changes. Below are highlights of upcoming improvements for Ward 4: 

Areas undergoing partial enhancements:
-Pleasant Ridge Library grounds
-Dufferin Street and Dufferin Hill Drive
-Major Mackenzie Drive West and Peter Rupert Avenue

Areas undergoing complete enhancements:
-Bathurst Street and Valley Vista Drive
-Bathurst Street and Marc Santi Boulevard
-Dufferin Street and Dufferin Hill Drive
-Beds surrounding the Highway 400 sign
-Sugarbush community gardens

The Beautification Strategy, which is currently being updated, reinforces the City’s commitment to creating and sustaining active, safe and diverse communities by enriching public spaces for all to enjoy. In fact, the City is responsible for maintaining more than 550 flower planters, 750 hanging baskets, 800 shrub beds and 200,000 trees. For more information about the City’s beautification initiatives, visit vaughan.ca/horticulture

The City of Vaughan’s current Beautification Strategy was created and approved in 2016 and implemented in 2017 with the goal to define beautification and outline a plan to implement it throughout the city of Vaughan. The City defines beautification as the process of making visual improvements to Vaughan through the placement of flowers, ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs in beds, planters and hanging baskets. Currently, the City is undertaking a comprehensive review of its Beautification Strategy to be certain it continues to meet the community’s needs. This review will reassess and renew the strategy from 2016 by gathering feedback on service levels across the city.

In April, the City invited you to join the conversation by taking an online survey to update Vaughan’s Beautification Strategy to plan for the future of the horticultural services maintained by the City. The feedback collected in this review will help ensure the City continues to effectively deliver and maintain flower beds, planters, shrubs and trees that make the city beautiful.

To stay up to date with updates on the Beautification Strategy review, visit here.

For FAQ’s on the Beautification Strategy, visit here.