As part of OSEAN’s initiative to help our pollinators and to promote food sustainability, Ottawa South Eco Action Network ran a Pollinator Patch Project throughout 2021/2022 in the River, Alta Vista, and Gloucester-Southgate wards thanks to a grant from the City of Ottawa.
The program consisted of 27 participants who came on board in fall 2021 and learned how to prepare their selected patch for planting in spring 2022. Most of the resources we provided are also available for the general public, and can be found below.
Participants of the program have finished designing and planting their new native species, and they will not only have beautiful plants blooming each year and contribute to the urgent need of habitats for pollinators, but in doing so they’ve gained valuable knowledge in building pollinator patches, and have learnt the importance of pollinator habitats for the ecosystem we call Earth.
Throughout the program OSEAN: prepared the participants with the knowledge to plant, grow and maintain their new pollinator patch; provided them with native seeds or seedlings; and supplied lawn signs explaining that they are participating in our program and that the area is being managed by them.
- You can read our Pollinator Patch Resource Document for further links to help you build your own pollinator patch knowledge.
- You can watch our presentation by Berit Erickson to learn how to select the right area for your yard, how to prepare that area, and then how to design your patch based on how much sun and shade the area gets. The slides can be found here.
- If you’d like to have a yard sign such as the one above, then you can fill out our yard sign form to show your interest, and we’ll get back to you when we’re ready to order and to confirm your request.
Thank you so much to our supporters:
City of Ottawa (https://ottawa.ca)
Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library (https://wildflowerseedlibrary.ca)
Ecoasis Landscape Restorations (http://www.ecoasisrestoration.ca)
Fletcher Wildlife Garden (https://ofnc.ca/programs/fletcher-wildlife-garden)
Green Thumb Garden Centre (https://www.greenthumbgarden.ca)
Pollinator on milkweed flower