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:
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.
Victoria walks us through the first steps to prepare a new pollinator garden using the lasagna method in this 5 minute video.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
This will be followed by art making and a nature walk with artist Anita Cazzola on Sunday.
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