A few years ago, members from the Italian Cultural Centre of Milton (ICCM), Milton Green, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.), Field and Stream, and vectorI.A.S. (Invasive Species Action & Awareness) came together to create a pollinator garden on the grounds of the ICCM.  The garden has done well and has provided food and shelter to various bees, butterflies and other creatures. However, it was time for a refresh! So, on October 17th, Sustainable Milton gave the garden new life! A number of those who were part of the original group dug in and were joined by some amazing new recruits. A few weeks prior, Sustainable Milton was very fortunate to have had the expertise and guidance of Sean James, Milton’s local sustainable landscaping hero with a national and international reputation. Sean helped to identify what was in the garden and provided ideas to enhance the diversity of species.

On October 17, over two shifts divided by a physically distanced lunch on the ICCM’s patio overlooking the Niagara Escarpment, the garden was enriched. The additions include a variety of seeds and plants – Wild Rose, Bergamot, Columbine, Blazing Star, Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Lupins, Phlox, Evening Primrose, Jerusalem Artichoke, Big Blue Stem Grass, Asters and more.  A small native seed garden was also created with Pearly Everlasting, Blazing Star, Butterfly Weed, Hairy Beardtongue, Grey Coneflower and Joe Pyeweed.

It was a beautiful day spent with wonderful people in an amazing setting. Thank you to everyone who participated, including Aymaan Chowdhury, Zyva Jaffer, Yasser Jaffer, Shirley and Jim Steeves, Leslie Adams, Wendy Roberts, Ian Thompson and Margaret Beaudette. We can’t wait until Spring!

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