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Thanks to our Great Garden Stewards!

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We’d like to say thank you to our great garden stewards who took care of our pollinator gardens at Glen Abbey Community Centre and Oak Park this summer. Thanks to their love and care, the gardens looked beautiful all season long and were enjoyed be people and pollinators alike!

Our volunteer garden stewards were responsible for doing regular check-ups on the garden. Their duties included weeding, watering, litter pick-up, taking photos and just generally keeping an eye on things.

Edric took care of Glen Abbey Garden, while Jacob, Maisie, Emily, Wendy, Mary and her family took care of the new Butterfly Wing Garden at Oak Park. They all did an amazing job even through those very hot, very dry weeks when new plants needed to be watered almost daily!

Wild columbine at Glen Abbey Garden.
Wild bergamot (or bee balm) at Glen Abbey Garden
Butterfly milkweed at Glen Abbey Garden
Lobelia at Glen Abbey Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The happy plants gave us plenty to look at, with new blooms every week. At Glen Abbey, wild columbine gave way to wild bergamot and butterfly milkweed, then asters and lobelias. At Oak Park, our very tiny, very new plants became bushier and bushier every week, filling in their new space. Even in its first season, the pale purple coneflower and yellow giant hyssop have already bloomed, and more flowers look to be on their way!

 

Butterfly Wing Garden at Oak Park, right after it was planted at the end of June.
Look how it’s grown! This is Butterfly Wing Garden in August, not even 2 months after it was planted.

If you haven’t checked out one of our demo gardens yet, be sure to stop by! They are beautiful in every season. The Glen Abbey Garden is located right beside the main entrance of Glen Abbey Community Centre at 1415 Third Line. Butterfly Wing Garden is located at Oak Park right next to the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House at 2545 Sixth Line.

Want to get involved in supporting pollinators in Oakville? Sign up for our e-newsletter to get notified when we’re doing pollinator garden maintenance or looking for more garden stewards. Or, you can create your own pollinator-friendly garden right in your own backyard – go to our Supporting Pollinators in Oakville page for tips!

We are hiring: Community Arborist

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We are hiring a Community Arborist – full time, 3 month contract position

We are currently seeking a Community Arborist to manage a program to support tree planting on private property in Oakville.

Overview of Position

The position will lead the implementation of Oakvillegreen’s Backyard Tree Planting programs and support our ongoing community outreach activities. The list below outlines the major tasks related to the position; however additional tasks may be assigned as needed.

Backyard Tree Planting Program Coordination (70%)

  • Develop, manage and, implement Backyard Tree Planting Program in Oakville, in collaboration with staff from the Toronto-based NGO, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
  • Participate in capacity-sharing training and job-shadowing opportunities with LEAF staff in Toronto as needed
  • Coordinate implementation of a residential planting program in Oakville:
    • Develop marketing strategy and promote the program through presentations, outreach events, articles, website updates, blogs, social media and other outlets
    • Conduct site consultations with individual property owners
    • Carry out seasonal tree planting
    • Strictly follow safety and quality guidelines for all plantings
    • Drive cube truck following safety guidelines
    • Ensure completeness and accuracy of all information
    • Deliver educational messages and materials in person and through phone/email contact with participants
    • Keep accurate program records, including evaluation
    • Represent Oakvillegreen in a professional manner
    • Carry out various administrative duties including database entry, queries and reporting, client communications, consultation bookings, financial record-keeping
    • Assess program outcomes, prepare evaluation reports and share program learning
    • Contribute to efforts to advance program sustainability via sponsorship, fundraising, in-kind support.

Education and Outreach Operations (30%)

  • Assist in planning and promotion of planting, stewardship and education events to engage the public, including tree tours, tree inventory workshops, tree care sessions, and school tree planting workshops.
  • Promote OCA programs at public events

Qualifications:

  • Graduate from a university or college program in urban forestry, environmental studies, ecology or related field
  • ISA Certified Arborist or currently meet criteria to write ISA Arborist certification exam
  • Skills and experience in the fields of arboriculture and/or urban forestry
  • Project coordination experience working in the non-profit sector with experience in executing project plans, adhering to project budgets, and meeting project deadlines
  • Community knowledge and experience in Oakville is considered an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Attention to detail and superior organization skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Experience in developing and organizing public outreach/education events
  • Proven ability to work independently while contributing to a team environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access), with ArcGIS an asset
  • Must be able to handle physical demands of heavy lifting and outdoor work in inclement weather
  • Must have weather-appropriate work clothing and steel-toed boots
  • Full “G” driver’s license and clean driving record required
  • Experience driving a cube truck an asset
  • Emergency First Aid + CPR and AED Certification an asset


This is a full time (35-40 hours per week), 3-month contract position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Anticipated contract start date is September 4, 2018.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director, ed[at]oakvillegreen.org.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, with interviews conducted between August 27th and 31st. No phone calls please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias incarnata

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Want to add easy-to-grow native plants that benefit local birds, bees, butterflies and other biodiversity to your garden?

Check out our Halton Pollinator Plant Profile series:


Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias incarnata

A Halton Pollinator Plant Profile

Swamp milkweed is a clump-forming perennial in the milkweed family.

Habitat preferences:

Part to full sun

Tolerates a variety of soils, including clay

Moderate to wet

Height: 4-5ft

Spread: 2-3ft

Flowers: Large clusters of small, light pink to magenta flowers bloom in June-July

Fruit: Pods turn brown and split open when ripe (autumn), revealing brown seeds that are attached to white ‘fluff’ which allows them be dispersed by the wind

Leaves: Opposite, lance-shaped leaves with smooth margins

Value to Pollinators: Larval host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Provides nectar for bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Fun Fact:
By consuming milkweed, monarch caterpillars incorporate its toxins into their bodies, making them poisonous to birds.

Gardening Tip:

Swamp milkweed is very tall – plant it against a fence, at the back of a perennial bed, or among other tall flowering plants or native grasses for support!