As incredible as it might seem in just a few weeks a strip of grass has turned into a “pollinators’ paradise”. Just outside of the Glen Abbey Community Centre, the Pollinator Demonstration Garden that was planted by amazing volunteers is fulfilling its objective of attracting pollinators and educating passers-by.
The ground is now covered with blooming perennials, flowering shrubs and small trees, even some berries are beginning to show up. Our thanks goes to the Town of Oakville (who has been watering the garden as needed) and a group of committed Garden Steward Volunteers that visit the garden every week to tidy the mulch, do some weeding, trim plants and keep it clean. If you want to get involved and help with this rewarding task, please sign up using this link.
Oakvillegreen planted several other Pollinator Gardens this spring including at St. Luke’s Catholic School, Al Falah Islamic School, Anglican Church of the Incarnation, Holy Family Catholic School, St. Andrew Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic School and Pine Grove Public School. A big thank you to all the volunteers, staff and students that were involved in helping us pull off this amazing task. Together we planted more than 280 plants that will help increase and enhance pollinator habitat in Oakville.
Oakville’s urban river valleys, including the Sixteen Mile Creek, Bronte Creek and Fourteen Mile Creek Valley, are special places. Wherever you live in Oakville, you are never very far from stepping into nature to take a hike through valley forests, enjoy a creekside picnic or cycle along kilometers of valley trails. Living adjacent to these creeks means we all have a big role to play in caring for them! We think caring for nature and stewardship begins with discovery. This is why we are launching a new program aimed at getting people out into, learning about and helping to care for our urban river valleys and watersheds!
Oakvillegreen gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation) for the Discover Your Creek program.
Excited? So are we! Stay tuned for these upcoming events and projects:
- A DISCOVER YOUR CREEK photography contest
- An online resource guide about our urban river valleys and their values and benefits
- On-the-ground Creek Stewardship volunteer opportunities where you can help care for your creek
- Oakville’s First ‘Discover Your Creek’ Crawl – an adventure-filled day of creek discovery activities!
We will be exploring the hidden treasures of Sixteen Mile Creek on a leisurely ‘Tour de Trees’ bike ride, in partnership with Cycle Oakville, along the trail system of Sixteen Mile Creek. The ride departs from Lion’s Valley Park parking lot on June 13th at 10:00 am and will returning to the same parking lot by 12 noon. (Lions Valley Park Road is off the south side of Dundas St. west of Neyagawa Blvd.). For more details see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440349962936935/. Everyone is welcome and the ride is suited to all ages and skill levels!
Also on June 27th from 8am to 2pm, you can #DISCOVERYOURCREEK at Oakville’s new Farmers’ Market at Centennial Square (Navy Street & Lakeshore). Children of all ages are encouraged to join us to learn about creek critters, help create creek-inspired art out of natural materials or shape their own clay creek creature. Stay tuned for updates on more Discover Your Creek events!
We recently installed this lovely Pollinator Demonstration Garden just outside the front entrance of the Glen Abbey Community Centre! We hope you’ll stop in for a visit and check back often during the growing season to see the various native plants in bloom. The garden is meant to inspire and instruct. Native plants are critical for pollinators and other biodiversity and they CAN easily be incorporated into our own yards to create beautiful, interesting and tidy gardens. We hope you’ll join us to re-nature your yard!
We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Town of Oakville and Whole Foods Oakville for their financial support for this project. We also thank all our volunteers, including the girls from CAGIS Oakville and the girl guides from the 19th and 36th Oakville Guide Units and their families for helping us install our garden.
The Glen Abbey Pollinator Demonstration Garden contains the following plants:
- New Jersey Tea – Ceanothus americana
- Nannyberry – Viburnum lentago
- Alternate-leaf Dogwood – Cornus alternifolia
- Black Chokeberry – Aronia melanocarpa
- Black Eyed Susan – Rudbeckia hirta
- Big Leaf Blue Aster – Aster macrophyllus
- Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
- Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis
- Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
- Lanceleaf Coreopsis – Coreopsis lanceolata
- Indian Grass – Sorghastrum nutans
Volunteer Garden Stewards are needed to check up on our Glen Abbey Pollinator Demonstration Garden throughout the season. For a full list of duties and to sign up to be a Volunteer Garden Steward, please click on this link.