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Hospice Wellington


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.














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.








Check out our 'How-to' Videos and Presentations

Over the coming months, we will be updating our YouTube channel with a number of videos and presentations related to our work on pollinators and plants.  Some of our most recent videos include:


Preparing your Garden for Fall - the Pollinator-Friendly Way

In this 3 minute presentation, Victoria MacPhail gives us some tips on how to prepare our gardens for fall while keeping in mind our pollinator friends.

Creating a Pollinator Garden (Part 1)

Victoria walks us through the first steps to prepare a new pollinator garden using the lasagna method in this 5 minute video.

Planting a Pollinator Garden (Part 2)

Building on the last video, Victoria gives us some helpful pointers on how to plant a pollinator garden in this 5 minute video. 

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 handy "Spring Clean-Up for Your Garden"

Handout for more information.  

Put your garden to bed the pollinator friendly way
Put your garden to bed the pollinator friendly way

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.


Pollinator Week Presentations (Pollination Guelph)

Mon. June 21, 2021


Heather Holm presents:

Native Predatory Wasps: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Native bees and predatory wasps share the same lineage and also share many behaviors and habitat requirements. Predatory wasps feed their offspring invertebrates (insects and spiders) and bees diverged from this carnivorous diet to feed their offspring plant-based food (pollen and nectar). Flower-rich landscapes provide critical habitat for both adult bees and wasps because they each consume flower nectar; in addition, wasps need diverse, flower-rich landscapes to hunt for their prey. Heather will highlight many amazing natural history and biology facts about native wasps illustrating their nesting habitat, prey specificity, and the ecosystems services they provide—pest insect population control and pollination.

Click here to register for this event

Wed. June 23, 2021


Lori Weidenhammer presents:

Resilient Victory Gardens for Bees: Keep your gardens buzzing with biodiversity

It’s more important than ever to provide our native species of bees with the habitat they need to thrive. Lori will share some top tips for growing plants that support several species of bees in your garden. She will show examples of garden projects that will inspire you to create your own oasis for our essential pollinators.

Click here to register for this event

Sewing Stewardship

Sewing Stewardship is a 2-day outdoor art exhibition co-created by Lore Arts with Guelph artist Anita Cazzola, artist and educator Christina Kingsbury, and Nova Scotia based artist and ecological farmer Jenna Kessler. Bringing to the forefront the topic of soil remediation and the long-term ecological, social, and historical impacts of industrialization, these three artists use textiles, plants, and text to engage the public in thinking about what it means to care for our soil and in turn for our environment and each other.

Sat. August 21, 2021

6:00-8:30 pm

Sewing Stewardship opens at Eastview Community Park with an invitation by artist Christina Kingsbury to explore ideas about ecological and decolonial responsibility through reading, listening, and intentional gardening.

Sun. August 22, 2021

2:00-4:00 pm

This will be followed by art making and a nature walk with artist Anita Cazzola on Sunday. 

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All are welcome to attend this free community art event. To register and view event details including rain dates, please visit the event page or

Spring Virtual Speaker Series

Join us in April, May and June as we welcome accomplished authors, environmental consultants, and pollinator advocates to share their knowledge and answer your burning pollinator questions!

Wed. April 27


Frederique Lavoipierre presents:

"Garden Allies: An Introduction to Life in the Landscape" 

PG is on the airwaves!


PG co-chair, Clare Irwin, was interviewed by Guelph Politico on the importance of pollinators and how they relate to the fight against climate change, how to create pollinator-friendly habitat in your gardens, and what else you can do to help.

Mon. May 16


Carly Sibilia presents: 

"Amplifying Sustainability and Biodiversity through Pollinator-friendly Solar"   

Mon. June 6


Junaid Khan presents:

"Empowering the Passionate: Project Swallowtail"   

Mon. June 13


Joyce Hostyn will present on topics related to: Bylaws and Pollinators 

Visit our Events page to learn more and to register for these free events.  You can also view the entire Speaker Series Collection on Eventbrite.

Pollination Guelph Community Grant Program

Applications are now closed!

Successful applicants of the Community Grant Program for Pollinator Researchers and Pollinator Habitat will be notified by April 22. Stay tuned!

You can also learn more about the recipients of past PG Community Grants by downloading our 2020 Press Release and 2021 Press Release

You can also catch PG's Karin Davidson-Taylor in her interview with University of Guelph students taking a BeeLand seminar.  Karin discusses how native bees are an essential part of the global ecosystem, the double-edged sword of 'Save the Bees' media, and more!

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Bee City Spotlight Webinar

Join Bee City Canada for an upcoming Bee City Spotlight webinar that will feature Guelph, ON. In this webinar, speakers from the City of Guelph, Pollination Guelph, and the University of Guelph will walk you through the landscape of Guelph pollinator initiatives.


Thursday, September 15th (12:30 EST)

Register for free on Zoom

Joyce Hostyn Zoom Presentation

Please join Nature Guelph Wildflower Society, Pollination Guelph and GUFF (Guelph Urban Forest Friends) for a National Forest Day presentation by Joyce Hostyn: Little Forests for Urban Yards.

Wednesday, September 21st (7:30pm EST)

Register for free on Zoom

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PG Plant Sale (2022)

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This is a joint sale with the Wildflower Society/Nature Guelph, Guelph Enabling Garden, Pollination Guelph and the Guelph-Wellington Master Gardeners.


The sale will include many native plants as well as horticultural species.


Saturday, May 28th (9am to 1pm)

Arboretum Centre Grounds

*We are looking for volunteers to help run this event.  If you are interested, please select the shift(s) that suit you on our online sign-up sheet

Sat. May 28

Time: 9am-1pm

Fundraising Plant Sale

Location: The Arboretum Centre Grounds

Joyce Hostyn will present on topics related to:

Bylaws and Pollinators

Mon. June 13


Joyce Hostyn is an advocate for pollinators, conservation and developing a relationship with the land. In her presentation, she shares about working within the political framework that can affect pollinator conservation. On Monday, June 13th at 7:00 pm, tune in for an online presentation about how you can get more involved with your local community to protect pollinators.


This presentation will not be recorded. Participants can join online or by phone. A link will be sent to you a few days prior to the event.

Click here to register for this event

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Please join Nature Guelph Wildflower Society, Pollination Guelph and GUFF (Guelph Urban Forest Friends) for a National Forest Day presentation by Joyce Hostyn.

Little Forests are a paradigm shift from planting trees as an element within ornamental landscapes to planting forests as flourishing, biodiverse Indigenous ecosystems. Little Forests are inspired by Dr. Akira Miyawaki who has overseen the planting of more than 30 million trees in over 1,600 locations around the world. Joyce Hostyn, a co-founder of Little Forests Kingston will share how to create a little forest in your yard.


Wednesday, September 21st (7:30pm EST)

Zoom (free registration!)

Donations can be made through Canada Helps to Pollination Guelph or Nature Guelph.


Click here to register for this event

Wed. Sept. 21

Time: 7:30pm

Joyce Hostyn presents:

Little Forests for Urban Yards

Joyce Hostyn Webinar: Little Forests for Urban Yards (2022)

Join Bee City Canada for an upcoming Bee City Spotlight webinar that will feature Guelph, ON.  In this webinar, speakers from the City of Guelph, Pollination Guelph, and the University of Guelph will walk you through the landscape of Guelph pollinator initiatives.

Keep an eye out for Lorne Widmer (PG's treasurer) and his presentation at the webinar!


Thursday, September 15th (12:30 EST)

Zoom (free registration!)

Click here to register for this event

Bee City Spotlight Webinar (2022)

Thurs. Sept. 15

Time: 12:30 EST

Bee City Spotlight Webinar: Guelph

Zoom Webinar

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Virtual Speaker Series:

People and Pollinators

Thurs. Mar. 30


Join our panel of 3 speakers to explore how pollinator gardens are benefitting people as well as insects.

  • Claire Mason will be discussing how the Gosling Pollinator Gardens at Hospice Wellington have been a real comfort for staff, residents, and their families. 

  • Trevor Barton will share about the Guelph Enabling garden which was designed for people of various abilities to find physical and emotional therapy.

  • Crystal Beaudoin is a horticultural therapist who will discuss the theory of why gardening & being around these natural spaces provide us with these physical and emotional benefits.

This presentation will not be recorded.  Participants can join online or by phone.  A Zoom link will be included in your confirmation e-mail

Click here to register for this event

Plant Sale Volunteers Needed!


We need volunteers to help run our plant

sale on May 27, 2023 at Riverside Park.

Set-up in the morning. Sale runs from noon to 4 pm.

If you are able to volunteer, please complete the registration form below.

Please indicate the shift(s) for which you are volunteering
Set up for sale (unloading plants, setting up tables, etc.)
Sale (restocking tables with plants, assisting customers with orders)
Winding down (assist customers, take down/clean tables)
**Volunteers with gardening/plant knowledge are particularly welcome for this shift

Thanks! Message sent.

All About Bees with Karin Davidson-Taylor!


Join PG's Karin as she talks all about bees with Robert from Children's Climate Championship.

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