Rain Garden at St Luke’s Palermo Anglican Church

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Volunteers working hard to plant native flowers and shrubs.

We are happy to announce that there is a new rain garden in Oakville at St. Luke’s Palermo Anglican Church (3114 Dundas St W, Oakville, ON L6M 4J3)!

This rain garden will reduce run off and decrease the amount of pollutants entering our creeks, by capturing rain water from both the Community Centre and the Church roofs.

The diversion of water has improved safety and accessibility via one of the main walkway entrances to the church.

The garden was designed by Sean James (landscape designer specializing in native species and rain gardens).  A large number of community groups and organizations were involved and made this project a community success.  The process included site assessments, volunteer training, garden design, site preparation and planting and mulching. Partners included Green Communities Canada, Halton Environmental Network, Halton Food Council, Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping, Harpski Landscaping, and Maple Hill Tree Services and the St. Luke’s Church and community volunteers. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Scott’s Canada who provided the necessary funding and grants to make the plan a reality.

On May 5th2019, Oakvillegreen delivered a presentation to 28 members of the community to explain the importance of Green Infrastructure and Rain gardens, as well as describe the volunteer roles needed during the project.

On May 12nd the site preparation was started with 5 volunteers and staff from the aforementioned landscaping companies which included removal of the sod and soil, and excavation to provide the correct gradient and slope to the garden. Scott’s compost was added to help break the clay and loosen the soil.

On May 19thwith help from 42 volunteers, the garden was finally planted. During the event, younger volunteers were encouraged to learn about pollinators and native species by making seedbombs with native wild flowers. The adults helped dig and plant 173 native shrubs, flowers, grasses and sedges. Scott’s mulch was then put in place.

Followup care has ensured the success of the garden: Visits have been made by Oakvillegreen to add extra mulch after rainfalls, and weeding and watering have been done when needed. The garden is growing thanks to volunteers from the Church and youth groups that continue to care for the garden.

St. Luke’s Church is delighted with the result and their community is proud of their environmental action to invite pollinators into their own backyard.

Andrea Rowe (HEN) educating some of our younger participants on native plants and pollinators

Oakvillegreen is pleased to have co-ordinated this community project with the help of many partners.

Sean James sharing his expertise and guiding volunteers