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Begin your journey

by learning more about Pollinators and how you can help them.

About Pollinators

Bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, and bats.

Check out this beautiful PDF guide to Toronto’s Pollinators from the David Suzuki Foundation. View & Download

It’s time to ban bee-killing pesticides.There’s been a lot of buzz lately about bee-killing pesticides. Bees have been dying off at alarming rates, and neonicotinoid pesticides are implicated in this decline… The David Suzuki Foundation has been doing a lot of work on this issue in Canada.  Learn more.

Ontario Nature has released its draft Pollinator Health Action Plan for public review. The plan proposes actions to address four stressors: habitat loss, disease, exposure to pesticides and climate change… Learn more.

Plants for Pollinators

What and how to grow

Check out our ‘plants’ page with a list of recommended plants to grow for pollinators.

Pollination Guelph has created a PDF guide with information on plants that attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. View & Download

Ontario Nature has a beautiful PDF poster of Ontario Pollinator Pals. View & Download

Guelph Healthy Landscapes has created a list of native and drought tolerant plants, which thrive better in local conditions. View & Download

West Coast Seeds has a great chart on when to start seeds and plant vegetables in Ontario.

Beekeeping

The craft of Beekeeping

The mission of the GreenUp Community Beekeeping program is to promote the awareness and appreciation of pollinators as a healthy part of our community, through beekeeping, education and advocacy. Learn more.

 

OBA works to ensure a thriving and sustainable beekeeping industry in Ontario. To this end, they advocate for beekeepers’ interests, support honey bee health research and deliver practical training and information. Learn More

Community Resources

Local organizations supporting Pollinators.

For more than 20 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario’s leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship.  Learn more.

Farms at Work is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Learn more.

Over 700 gardeners, growers, helpers, garden coordinators and organizations throughout the Peterborough area form the Peterborough Community Garden Network (PCGN).  As a collaborative between YWCA,  GreenUP, Fleming College, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU), we foster community gardens through education, advocacy, and networking. Learn more

Sustainable Peterborough is a community based, regional collaborative working to integrate the sustainability framework identified in the Community Sustainability Plan throughout the Greater Peterborough Area. The Sustainable Peterborough Plan defines what a Sustainable Peterborough will look like for the next generation, and sets goals, directions, and actions for balancing the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic pillars of sustainability. Learn more.

A must-visit site for area naturalists. Learn more.

A new social enterprise creating natural landscapes and products. Learn more.

Composting, green waste, recycling and other diversion services. Learn more.

Local Garden Supplies

Local suppliers for your gardening needs.

1899 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough  website

Seeds are Untreated, Non-GMO, and Non-Hybrid. Most seeds have been organically grown, but are not organically certified. They have a list of pollinator-friendly plant seed that they stock.  Located in Keene, ON. They do mail order and use Paypal. Extensive website with catalog

Specializes in growing native trees and shrubs as well as native plants, wildflowers and herbs for contract growing and various sized plant restoration projects as well as public and private native plant gardens.

3784 Highway 7, Omemee, by appointment.  website

The Avant-Garden Shop offers homeowners and gardeners the finest in home and garden décor, gardening accessories and backyard birding supplies.  They have over 100 clips on their YouTube channel about bird feeding, gardening and fun products available in the shop.  They also preview new segments in their blog.

3056 Lakefield Road, Peterborough  website

Their retail yard (open seasonally) boasts a huge selection of roses, trees, evergreens, shrubs, native plants, vines, groundcovers, perennials and annuals, fruit trees and bushes, and ornamental grasses.

1550 Lansdowne Street West
Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 2A2
Phone: 705-749-1428   Website

Source for Topsoil, Mulch, Gardening and Landscape Supplies.

At Griffin’s we grow 80% of the annuals we offer for sale. Our display greenhouse is dedicated to Container Gardening offering a full selection of choice and colours.

3026 Lakefield Road, Peterborough  website

Selection of annuals, grown on-site, beautiful, flowering perennials, healthy shrubs and trees.

871 Crawford Drive, Peterborough  Website

Online Resources

Great websites to explore.

The web is full of great info on the important issues of pollinator health.
Ontario Nature
Pollination Canada
Xerces Society
Bug Guide
Bumblebees of the Eastern United States
Discover LIfe
Butterflies of Ontario
David Suzuki Foundation
Monarch Watch  All things about monarch butterflies.
All About Birds
Bumble Bee Watch  Engage in some citizen science!
Feed the Bees  The site also publishes a 44 page PDF booklet: ‘A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario’
Ontario Horticultural Association   ‘A guide to Creating a Pollinator Patch’