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Pollinator Gardens Galore Susan Moore

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utterflies and insects add a lot to our gardens: beauty, activity, and signs of eco-health. However, native pollinator populations are declining, imperiled by habitat loss and many other factors. The good news is, we can all help protect pollinators, and local solutions are best. On October 10, the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council (www.lastewardship.ca) is pleased to host a workshop to create a buzz about pollinator gardens. Pollinators – birds, bees, butterflies and other insects – are part of the intricate web supporting the biological diversity that helps sustain our quality of life. By improving the habitat for pollinators, particularly native ones, we support our own food needs and we support diversity in the natural world. “Flowering plants across wild, farmed and even urban landscapes actually feed the terrestrial world, and pollinators are the great connectors that enable this giant food system to work for all who eat... including us.” Roger Lang, Chair, Pollinator Partnership (www.pollinator. org). An effective pollinator garden or yard should have appeal for insects and birds in all seasons. The pollinator workshop will demonstrate how.

Pollinator friEndly yardS Maya Navrot, Education Coordinator for Quinte Conservation, has years of experience helping schools and organizations to design and plant

gardens to host our bird and insect friends. On October 10 in Odessa, Maya will give a photo presentation, “Pollinator Friendly Yards”, showing how to make a garden using plants that support the life cycles of our pollinators. Our gardens can feature flowering plants for early spring and late fall, as well as summer. Pollinator friendly yards can take on many forms from no-mow zones to wildflower meadow spaces to tended flower gardens. The introduction of wildflowers and flowering shrubs into a current garden space is one easy option. Maya will take us through the steps of planning for a garden beginning with assessing the site and considering personal preferences. What are the benefits of planting with native species? What role do pollinators play in our ecosystem? With a wide array of photos, Maya will present suggested native species (North American and native to our own area) that are great nectar producers and host plants for insect larvae. The demonstration of flowers will proceed from April-May blooming wildflowers through to October, so that pollinators are supported throughout our flowering seasons. Many trees, shrubs and grasses are also host plants. Determine what is already growing in your yard, and Maya can suggest how to enhance that growth.

monarchS at School Another pollinator solution is the Monarch Butterfly Program. The

Stewardship Council will present a few highlights of this breeding kits and pollinator gardens program in L&A County schools. It has been a hallmark of the Council’s success over many years.

Pollinator PanEl Following the presentations, a panel of specialists – with Maya as moderator – will field questions from the audience and encourage discussion. The panel includes Peter Fuller (of Fuller Native and Rare Plants in Belleville), Elizabeth Churcher (Quinte Field Naturalists director and life-long gardener), Amanda Tracey (Conservation Biologist, Nature Conservancy of Canada), Kurt Hennige (Stewardship Council biologist and insect specialist) and Kathleen Law (outreach program manager of Pollinator Partnership). This will give everyone plenty of Q & A time!

The Pollinator Workshop is on Wednesday, October 10 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and seeing displays/ handouts. The program begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. St. Alban’s Church Hall, 67 Main St., Odessa Cost: a donation of $5 is suggested, children are admitted free. Registration is not required. For more info: contact Susan at 613-379-5958 or lastewardship@gmail.com

ELECT YVONNE GIBSON FOR COUNCIL

Looking to the future and the betterment of Stone Mills Township. LEADERSHIP I hope to educate, inspire and give constituents a voice to be heard. EQUALITY Enhancing communication between government and constituents/residents. TRANSPARENCY Making sound fiscal decisions for a prosperous community. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY Inclusive community development! Business opportunities & services, job creation/planning & services, daycare planning & services, senior programs planning & services. INNOVATION TAXES! We must review our budgets and make room for services that are a necessity to the community as a whole. Roads, garbage & waste management and emergency services. ACCOUNTABILITY

If these are important to you then YVONNE GIBSON is who you need. Let’s get Stone Mills where we need to be. Decisions will be made on educated facts and I will do my homework and work with integrity to get the job done! Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat and or meet at your convenience.

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