PLANTING SITES

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

  
 

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

7:00pm

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

7:00pm

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.

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2010 - present

2010 - present