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What is a Habitat Garden?

Habitat gardens add beauty to properties while also benefiting nature. Many home owners have become interested in gardens that are environmentally friendly and also support butterflies, bees, and birds. Habitat loss is a significant problem impacting species decline. Property owners can make a big difference by growing Ontario native plants that provide a source of food and shelter and by changing some gardening practices. The garden pictured includes plants such as brown-eyed susan, dense blazing star, yarrow, hyssop, stonecrop and echinacea. The design is formalized with the strategic use of height, space, border plants, and rocks. Non-native flowers will not provide the same level of support for pollinators and birds and also risks introducing invasive plants that are harmful to the environment.  Once native plants are established they are drought tolerant, naturally disease resistant, and less likely to be infested by harmful pests. Habitat gardens can be designed in multiple w
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Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens are specially designed to utilize the water that flows from your downspout and helps soak it into the ground instead of flooding your yard or running off into the storm sewer.   The gardens are shallow depressions that collect the water as it is absorbed. They are designed to hold water for no more than 24-48 hours. Rain gardens use native plants that thrive in both wet and dry soil conditions and have deep root systems that help the water filter into the ground. These specialized gardens attract pollinators, create habitat, and have the added benefit of being self-watering - which means less work for you! Municipal governments and conservation authorities are encouraging property owners to install rain gardens because runoff entering the stormwater system is contributing to larger issues such as polluted waterways, drinking water contamination, erosion, and can lead to flooding of neighbourhoods. The proper design of a rain garden is critical to ensure that the water

Pollinator Gardens

  Pollinator gardens make a beautiful addition to your property and also help nature thrive. A well designed pollinator garden will attract gorgeous butterflies, bees, and birds with flowers that bloom from spring to fall and provide a natural food source in the form of nectar and pollen. Pollinators provide a valuable service to humans by pollinating the food crops we depend on and the flowers that we enjoy. It is to our advantage to grow gardens with Ontario native plants that pollinators need to survive. We also benefit from the value healthy gardens bring to our properties and the ecological services of beneficial insects that help control pest insects. Pictured is a native bumble bee enjoying purple echinacea. Butterflies depend on specific plants for their offspring's survival. Only Ontario native plants support butterflies as their natural host to lay eggs and provide food for the developing caterpillars. The most well know example is the monarch butterfly and common milkwee