Flower Show and ‘Creating Mini Meadows’ + No Mow May
May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us for our May Meeting and Flower Show with Catherine McNeely presenting on “Creating Mini Meadows”. She will share her experience as she transformed her own yard by planting native species over the past seven years. Learn how she took a standard lawn and yard into a sustainable, environmentally friendly space. With help from the wonderful resources offered by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), and the Invasive Species Council (Grow Me Instead) everything was changed.
Catherine won the ‘Healthy Land Award’ from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority in 2021 in honour of her contribution to the health of the environment and recognizing her efforts off transforming her lakeshore property from the usual cottage lawn into a haven of biodiversity, with native trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers!
We invite you to come out and learn how to create your own biodiversity within your gardens.
No Mow May Challenge
Spring is here and the vegetation is waking up – its faithful procession of dandelions is a necessity for pollinators – insects that are at the very heart of nature’s reproductive system – to find shelter and food so that they don’t starve before the summer season gets underway.
But with the ever-increasing use of pesticides, and the social pressures to maintain and mow our lawns as soon as the temperatures rise, the survival of honeybees and wild pollinators is under threat. And their struggle is only getting more real.
Even a modest reduction in lawn mowing frequency can bring a host of environmental benefits: increased pollinators, increased plant diversity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, a longer, healthier lawn makes it more resistant to pests, weeds, and drought events.
Dr. Chris Watson, lead author of study by University of Quebec, Trois-Rivieres
We hope you might consider the No Mow May Challenge for your own lawns- encourage biodiversity, introduce more natives and welcome the pollinators into your world.