This multi-year project (conceptual plan) which began in 2012, will create almost 9,000 sq. ft. of pollinator habitat on the grounds of Hospice Wellington. Between 2012 and 2015, with the support from various foundations and granting agencies, approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of pollinator-friendly gardens were planted by volunteers.
LOGOS OF FUNDERS
LINK TO ANOTHER PAGE WITH LIST OF PLANTS USED.
Thanks to a major donation from The Gosling Foundation, an additional 4,000+ sq. ft. will be planted in 2016. Native trees, shrubs and flowering perennials will provide food as well as nesting and overwintering sites for pollinating insects and other wildlife.
LINK HERE TO A PAGE WITH PLAN FOR PHASE 5, BEFORE PHOTOS OF THE AREA TO BE PLANTED, AND LIST OF PLANTS
How to Clean Up Your Garden this Spring
As snow banks melt and the days are warmer, many of us are eager to get outside and kick off a new gardening season with a spring clean-up of the yard. Hard as it may be to resist the urge to head into your garden beds and borders to tidy up, there are many reasons to be patient, especially if you wish to support pollinators and other wildlife.
It is important to wait for several consecutive days with temperatures in the range of 10-15 ˚C, when most pollinators will have left their overwintering sites. Depending on the weather, this may mean waiting until late April/early May before raking up leaves and other plant material or cutting down stems.
Download our "Spring Clean-Up for Your Garden" Handout for more information.
Building and Maintaining Bee Boxes/Hotels/Condos
Did you know that some of our solitary bees nest in plant stems or beetle tunnels in wood? The best way of providing habitat for them is to leave hollow or pithy stemmed plant stems in your garden, and some downed branches, stumps, or logs. However, you can also create a bee hotel by bundling stems or drilling holes in wood. But be sure to follow or recommendations, particularly as related to their maintenance. Click here to download our maintenance suggestions.
Other resources include those linked on our "Making Homes for Pollinators" page.
2010 - present
2010 - present