Introducing Blossom Watch!


We Are Pleased To Introduce Blossom Watch!

What’s blossoming in your neighbourhood?

We are all a buzz here at Not Far From The Tree about our latest project: Blossom Watch! Spring is upon us and calling us to get outside. Explore the city’s blossoms with our Blossom Watch Project.

We invite you to join us in tracking blossoms around Toronto, and adding to our crowdsourced Blossom Watch Map of stories, photos, videos and more!

Do you have a story about blossoms? A favorite song about blossoms? Maybe you discovered a quiet spot for a picnic among a crowd of blossoming cherry trees? Whatever it is, share it!

How to get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Blossom Watch.

1. Add to the Map

Check out the Blossom Watch Map at To explore the map, click All Casts and click on the blue circles to view what others have added. To add to the map, click Login/Register in the bottom right corner. Once you’re logged in, click Add Cast and follow the instructions.

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The Blossom Watch Map as of April 23rd, 2013.

2. Post on Twitter and Instagram

Join the Blossom Watch conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using #blossomwatchTO. To geographically tag your posts, turn on the Location setting for Twitter, or click Add to your photo map on Instagram.

3. Share on Facebook

Participate in Blossom Watch on Facebook by tagging @Not Far From The Tree in your posts.

4. Send us an Email

Send us your stories and photos by email to and we can add them to the map!

5. Volunteer as a Blossom Scout

Want to take Blossom Watch to the next level? Email to sign on as a Blossom Scout!

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the amazing things that nature has to offer, right in the heart of our city. The more you contribute and spread the word, the more fruitful Blossom Watch will be!

This project is supported with funds from the Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program, with support and guidance from Laura Forlano, an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology and a Fulbright NEXUS Scholar during 2011-2012, and platform and technical support from  MIT’s Open Locast.

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