How do I protect pollinators and biodiversity at home?
Creating a flower or kitchen garden, vegetating a balcony, a wall or a terrace are ways of getting closer to nature. These are also opportunities for taking concrete action to preserve biodiversity as well as attract an array of pollinators.
A diversified landscape attracts biodiversity in addition to triggering numerous collateral benefits and possibly…inspiring the neighborhood. The greener a neighborhood becomes, the easier it is for wildlife (insects, birds or small mammals) to travel from one green space to another. Gardens absorb runoff water and reduce urban noise. They are true little islands of freshness and allow for better observation of the wildlife that we share the city with.
By gardening ecologically and in fostering biodiversity, you become an agent for change. You contribute to the biodiversity protection movement, support native pollinators, and increase the resilience of your living environment. Not to mention the pleasure, the discoveries and the time for contemplation that you treat yourself to.
Why participate in the My Space for Life Garden program?
My Space for Life Garden program is free and open to all Québec residents, to company, school and alley gardens, green roofs and community gardens. When you participate, you benefit from a range of advantages:
- an up to date newsletter to support you during the gardening season's key moments;
- tip sheets developed by the Montréal Space for Life specialists;
- events specially designed for gardening enthusiasts and program participants;
- the certification period begins at the end of summer, every year.
- the enhancement of your garden in the Gardenaut Gallery, where certified gardens are geolocated.
Choosing a theme garden
Choose the project you like and that suits you best! The layouts suggested for the four My Garden themes allow for support of biodiversity but also for feeding and accommodating a host of pollinators like bees, butterflies and birds.
Based on your natural affinities and the surface area at your disposal, choose one or more of the following theme gardens that allow you to obtain a certification – or choose them all!
- The Biodiversity Garden promotes the cultivation of a diverse flora, especially native plants, in order to attract a wide range of useful fauna to your garden.
- The Edible Garden invites you to grow a diversity of plants that feed both the gardener and wildlife. The charming, the useful and the delicious all together!
- The Monarch Oasis will transform your garden into sites of observation and reproduction of these flamboyant butterflies and many other native insect species;
- The Bird Garden offers a space that will attract birds – a garden where they can feed and shelter throughout the year.
As proof of its commitment and to help build the biodiversity protection movement, Space for Life launched the My Space for Life Garden program in 2013 as a means of encouraging citizens to “greenify” their environment. This project was made possible thanks to financial support from the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (now Concertation Montréal) and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine.
For their invaluable collaboration, we would also like to thank the Conseil Régional de l’Environnement-Montréal, the Association des retraités du Jardin botanique de Montréal (Club Iris) and the Regroupement des écoquartiers.