Pollinator Patches

As part of OSEAN’s initiative to help our pollinators and to promote food sustainability, Ottawa South Eco Action Network is starting up a Pollinator Patch Project in the River, Alta Vista and Gloucester-Southgate wards thanks to a grant from the City of Ottawa.


With this experience not only will you have beautiful plants blooming each year and contribute to the urgent need of habitats for pollinators, but you’ll also gain valuable knowledge in building pollinator patches and learn the importance of pollinator habitats for the ecosystem we call Earth.


Throughout the program OSEAN will: prepare you with the knowledge to plant, grow and maintain your new pollinator patch; equip you with native seeds or seedlings; supply lawn signs explaining that you are participating in our program and that the area is being managed by you; and provide you with a better understanding of Ottawa’s by-laws that affect everyone’s yards.
Participants will come on board in the fall and learn how to prepare their selected patch for planting in the spring.

To become a participant in the program, which can only accept 25 participants this year due to funding,  you should understand and be willing to commit to the following general conditions:

  1. OSEAN will provide participants with seeds and seedlings sufficient to grow a 1 square metre pollinator patch on your property.  We plan to provide either a kit for sunny areas or shaded areas.
  2. Each participant will be required to pick up the seeds/seedlings in the spring and do the planting themselves.
  3. Each participant must commit to taking care of the seedlings (in the early weeks they may need watering if mother nature decides not to provide it).
  4. We hope that in the Fall (and in subsequent Autumns)  you will also participate in our Seed Saving and Harvesting Program so that we can expand our Program to new participants for years to come!

Read our Information Package for more details or if you are ready to sign up for the program right away, fill out this form. If you have a few more questions, you may find our Program Guide helpful in selecting a location for your Pollinator Patch.

 Our grant will allow us to provide plants and seeds to approximately 25 participants, so don’t delay. Sign up to help nature today. 

Thank you so much to our supporters:
City of Ottawa; Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (https://wildflowerseedlibrary.ca); Naturaide (http://www.naturaide.ca); Ecoasis Landscape Restorations (http://www.ecoasisrestoration.ca); Fletcher Wildlife Garden (https://ofnc.ca/programs/fletcher-wildlife-garden)

Pollinator on milkweed flower