MMG Jeanne McRight, shown above with Ward One Councillor Stephen Dasko, as she receives her certificate.
“It’s such an honor to be nominated for Mississauga’s Ward One Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship,” says Blooming Boulevards founder Jeanne McRight.
Jeanne’s non-profit organization Blooming Boulevards has as its focus pollinator support and community education. “By growing locally indigenous wildflowers on our urban boulevards – normally planted with high-maintenance grass – we are providing food and nesting spaces for our 400 species of native bees. These bee species are declining at precipitous rates, with one species common just a decade ago now the on the endangered list. Loss of habitat is a major reason. It makes sense to replace grass with pollen-laden and nectar-rich flowers that feed butterflies and bees. And along the boulevards, up close and personal, the beautiful streetscapes feed our souls.” Blooming Boulevards got its start in early 2019, but its outreach program has already made its mark with several residential pollinator gardens already planted, as well as community pollinator gardens underway in the Small Arms Society lands and, most recently, Spruce Park. Projects well worthy of Environmental Stewardship commendation!
Learn more about Jeanne’s important work here: BloomingBoulevards.org
Volunteers always welcome! Several other Mississauga MGs are lending their support to this great organization.
MISSISSAUGA MASTER GARDENER’s FALL PLANT SALE
Saturday October 5, 2019 10am-2pm at the Port Credit Library
Did you know that fall is a great time to plant? Perennials are able to concentrate on root development during the autumn as above ground growth slows.
So join us on Saturday October 5th at the Port Credit Library to get some new plants for your garden. Opportunity all day to have your garden questions answered by the experts. Spring bulbs (to plant this fall) will be for sale as well.
Presentations: 11 am – Pollination and Growing Native Plants
MMGs enjoyed a great outing to Whistling Gardens this past weekend. It was cool & grey out, but the gardens made up for it with great displays of colourful peonies, well over 1000 varieties!
Owner Darren Heimbecker gave us a guided tour of his botanical treasures, accompanied by Leggo, his 6 month old puppy. (Leggo wasn’t as interested in the horticultural detail as we were.) But MMGs thoroughly appreciated the collection of rare conifers, native Carolinian trees and unusual ornamental plants.
It was a great outing and we highly recommend visiting Whistling Gardens with your garden group. A unique, must-see collection for any plant lover. Group tours welcome; guided tours available and well worth it!
For more info: www.whistlinggardens.ca
Master Gardener and local horticultural society plant sales are an excellent way to acquire more plants for your garden at very reasonable prices. These plants are tried and true for local growing conditions.
MGs will be on hand to answer your garden questions and chat about any garden issues, so bring your questions along.
We’d be happy to discuss plant choices with you, best locations for your plants and how to take care of your plant purchases.
Stratford Garden Festival 2018 – Multi Day Stratford Rotary Complex
The 2018 Stratford Garden Festival is taking place March 1-4th and the NEW Garden Gala Friday March 2nd.
This year we are excited to highlight 8 beautiful gardens,
over 40 vendors and an exciting Speaker Series.
Thursday March 1st, 12-5 pm; Seniors’ Tea noon-4:30pm
Friday March 2, 10-6 pm; SGF Garden Gala 6:30-9 pm
Saturday March 3, 10-6 pm
Sunday March 4, 11-5 pm,
Please see below for ticket pricing and how to order.
$10 Regular Admission Daily
$25 4 Day Admission
$5 Speaker Series admission ONLY (Speaker Series Admission is included with General Admission tickets)
Garden Gala Friday March 2 6:30-9 pm
$25 includes entry to the Stratford Garden Festival, entertainment, two sample tickets, beautiful gardens and a vibrant Marketplace.