The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & the Common Good (FCG) is offering an Outdoor Greening Program for 2019: Caring for Native Pollinators in our Gardens!
This year's summer program is financially supported by Ottawa Community Foundation - a great big thanks to this amazing local foundation!
This program allows us to offer free "pollinator plants" to gardeners who want to add some native flowers to their current garden beds to help increase local habitat diversity and offer pollen and nectar to our wild solitary bees and other pollinating insects that are native to our region! These wild species provide FREE ecological services to our communities, pollinating thousands (millions?) of flowers each year to help grow nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables and who are essential to the ecological food cycle.
Faith & the Common Good has continued its partnership with the Wild Pollinator Partners (Ontario East - Outaouais) who is providing us with some of the organic locally-grown native plants for this program. We are also thankful for other businesses and organizations that are contributing to this new program: Canadian Wildlife Federation - who has donated wildflowers and seeds from their "Wildlife Friendly Gardening" program and the executive director of SOUL (Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care) who has also donated wildflowers from her personal garden and even FRESH on Beechwood Avenue, a local business that donated wildflower seeds to the program.
Contact Katherine Forster if you would like to receive FREE wildflowers - many which you may be familiar with such as Yarrow, Purple Coneflower, Black-eyed Susans, Beebalm and more. Donations can be 10 or so plants to over 25, depending on the room you have in your garden. Best native plants for your garden will be identified if you need advice. Please contact us as soon as possible as there are limited quantities.
Let us know if you would also like to officially be part of the Interfaith Outdoor Greening network so that you can receive sustainable gardening information, specific tips & techniques, and details on local Ottawa garden resources and our programming such as this "Caring for Pollinators in our Garden" program this summer. Gardening newsletters will be sent out to members every 4 - 8 weeks during the garden season. Members of the Network can get support for their gardens in many ways:
- Members of the Outdoor Greening Network can receive a FREE garden visit from the Sustainable Outdoor Greening Coordinator to learn more about the FCG Outdoor Greening resources, discuss specific gardening questions, identify native plants they can add to their garden and/or to help with garden skills including maintenance.
- Members can download FREE Outdoor Greening resources available on the FCG website including Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets and Case Studies that provide inspiration and ideas for sustainable gardening (including xeriscaping, rain gardens, waterwise strategies, wildlife gardens, prayer and meditation gardens, and wildflower gardens, to name a few).
- Members of the Outdoor Greening Network can discuss garden plans, designs and sourcing opportunities for their individual gardens and will be provided with information on the local support for sustainable gardening in Ottawa. There are even tips on how to recruit and retain volunteers or organize gardening (weeding) bees and weekly watering committees!
FCG Ottawa staff is here to help support faith community staff and volunteers working outdoors on their landscape and gardens and those who want to add a new sustainable garden component to their property. Let us know what your Care for Creation needs are in terms of your landscape and gardens — we are here to help!
Give Katherine Forster a call today (1-866-231-1877 x 107) or send an email to: email@example.com