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    Montreal
    2023
    Initially I had a formal garden with colors to compliment my stained-glass windows: pink and white roses, magenta peonies and yellow leafed shrubs. My garden already had crabapple trees and a lilac shrub for the birds. But when the lilac died and after many years of struggling with the lawn I was more than happy to give that part of the lawn to wild and other flowers and to let the grass grow. In...
    Montreal
    2023
    We had wanted to eliminate an impermeable, paved surface along the north side of the property side for years, so in 2019 we began by replacing the asphalt with pea gravel and a mixed garden of native conifers and some decorative, non-native greenery to provide insect and bird habitat and to promote cooling. In 2021 we created a raised vegetable garden with the help of Urban Seedlings and in...
    Lachine
    2023
    I subscribe to several newsletters that explain how to make the garden bird- and pollinator-friendly. The information from them and Space for Life prompted me to modify and apply to certify my garden. We are near the Falaise St-Jacques and close to railroad tracks and Meadowbrook Golf Club, so I like to think of my backyard as part of continuous green band that is home or a range for many birds...
    Pointe Claire
    2023
    I would like my garden contribute to diversity in urban and suburban spaces. I have never used pesticides on the garden. I leave it mostly un mowed, the space that is cut is left longer for most of the summer. There is an abundance of life in the garden, animals and insects (a variety of bees, monarchs and other varieties of butterflies and moths, there are also fireflies, crickets and...
    montreal
    2023
    I love the peace and beauty of the garden, and enjoy the opportunity to observe the interconnection of life. Many types of birds, bees and butterflies visit the garden, as well as rabbits, groundhogs, skunks (we had babies this summer), squirrels, bats and racoons.
    Montreal
    2023
    I have always loved gardens as peaceful and restorative spaces. During the Covid-19 lockdown, staying home made me, of necessity, look to our outdoor space for solace and to connect with the nature around us. Really seeing plants and insects and wildlife close up spurred me to support the creatures that depend for their survival on the natural spaces within built environments. I started...
    Montreal
    2023
    We live on a shady street with only a tiny area for planting but I wanted a garden with as much diversity as possible. After lots of trial and error, no more bulbs since the squirrels just eat them, we have finally found what grows well for us. We find it is a home for a variety of insects and small mammals and with our bird feeder (not shown) we attract sparrows, woodpeckers and cardinals.
    Montreal
    2023
    I've been doing my butterfly and moth garden for several years now. I'm always hoping that it helps support the local lepidoptera. I make an effort to include plants that appeal to moths as well such as petunias and morning glories. I use silkworm frass as fertilizer when I have some available. In my garden this year I planted verbena, lantana, petunias, morning glory, black-eyed Susans, yarrow,...
    Westmount
    2023
    I joined the David Suzuki Butterflyway program. There is a school across the street who has had no budget for their garden. They agreed to let me plant a butterfly garden, and we included the kids in the first planting.
    Montreal
    2023
    We have two lucious pear trees, one cherry tree, one apple tree. Many types of heirloom tomatoes. This year we've concentrated perennial flowers to attrack more butterflies. This is work of love and presence.