The following sites, developed for various reasons, all provide valuable wild pollinator habitat. Visit them to see how people are supporting pollinators throughout the Outaouais-Ontario East region.
To include your community, school, or other public pollinator garden on our map, please send us its title, location, and a brief description – firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind Abbotsford Seniors' Centre, 950 Bank Street Show on Map
Volunteer Carol MacLeod takes care of pollinator beds on the Monk Street side of this seniors’ centre in the Glebe.
Beaux Arbres Native Plants
29 Ragged Chute Road, Bristol, Quebec (4.5 km north of Highway 148) Show on Map
The native plant demonstration gardens at Beaux Arbres are alive with a wide variety of flowers and pollinators throughout the season. See over ten different types of plantings in diverse sites, including a woodland garden, rock garden, willow grove, dye garden, prairie meadow, and more.
Berit’s pollinator garden
Fraser at Sherbourne Show on Map
Last spring, Berit Erickson turned a front yard, on a busy urban corner, into a pollinator garden. Because so many people stop by while she is working in the garden, she created a brochure full of great tips and information about what she is doing. Berit kindly shared a copy with us.
East side of Bronson Avenue between the canal and the Rideau River Show on Map
Residents of Old Ottawa South are turning a strip of mowed grass into an urban meadow and forest filled with a diversity of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers
that support pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Canadian Wildlife Federation
350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata Show on Map
The CWF includes a pollinator bed among its many demonstration gardens, complete with a plant list. An interactive map on its web site allows you to click on each plant for photos and more information.
Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Prince of Wales Drive just south of the Dominion Arboretum Show on Map
- Pollinator garden in a box (at northeast corner of the Old Field habitat)
- Butterfly Meadow
- Backyard Garden (photo below)
Flutter and Buzz Pollinator Patch
Stonecrest Park, Barrhaven Show on Map
This pollinator garden was started and is maintained by residents in the surrounding neighbourhood. It provides a learning site for the adjacent school to promote understanding, conservation and appreciation of nature.
Contact person: Clare
Friends of Lanark County roadside wildflowers
County Road 12 (Macdonald's Corners Road) between Lanark and Elphin Show on Map
Friends of Lanark County are using the province’s Adopt-a-Road program to prevent roadside spraying of herbicides to control Wild Parsnip. Concerned over the health of native insects and anxious to preserve wildflowers along local roads, this group of “mostly seniors” is manually removing Wild Parsnip and planting native species both purchased and donated.
They are very disturbed by the increase in roadside spraying to deal with invasives and want to reach out and educate others about taking a more cautious and reasoned approach.
For more about this issue, please see Just what are we spraying on our roadsides?
Friends of Petrie Island wildflower garden
Turtle Trail, Petrie Island Show on Map
Throughout the seasons, flowering flora (plants and shrubs) are marked with informational signage that provides details on the species and its ecological, medicinal and edible properties. In May 2018, Petrie Island became a registered Monarch waystation.
Glebe school garden
Glebe Collegiate Institute, Glebe Avenue, Ottawa Show on Map
This garden was created through a partnership between the Glebe Community Association Parks Committee, Glebe Collegiate’s environmental club, and the Ontario Nature Youth Council. It contains a variety of native perennials and a bee bath.
Just Food Farm
2391 Pepin Court, in the Greenbelt near Blackburn Hamlet Show on Map
“Started in 2012, the Just Food Farm is where people and projects come together to model and inspire small-scale, viable agriculture businesses and initiatives in the Ottawa region.” Weedy fields and edges provide habitat for native pollinators and the farm created a pollinator hotel at a recent workshop.
Landscapes of Canada Gardens
Just west of the Canadian Museum of Nature Show on Map
This outdoor space at the CMN features native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers found in Canada’s boreal forest, Arctic tundra, and prairie grasslands. Although not created for pollinators, the prairie garden, in particular, attracts a number of bees, butterflies, flies, and other insects.
East side of the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park Show on Map
Pollinators are attracted to the exhibit of local floral plants in the civic gardens next to the Horticulture Building.
Library street garden
Ottawa Public Lirary, Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Banks Street Show on Map
In 2018, the Dreamers planted a number of native wildflowers including Pearly Everlasting (front of photo), New England Asters, Joe-Pye Weed, bergamot, and others, in the large garden bed between the sidewalk and parking lot next to Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
Lisgar school garden
Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Lisgar Street, Ottawa Show on Map
This garden includes both vegetable and pollinator beds, with a variety of species that are both native to Ontario and pollinator-friendly. It is maintained by student and staff volunteers.
Initially planned to produce local organic food for the school’s culinary program, the students soon realized they had to increase habitat for pollinators. Education is a big component of this project. Participants are learning as it evolves and reaching out to art, photography, biology, and health programs. The Lisgar Environmental Action Force (LEAF) is working toward making Lisgar a “bee school.”
Macoun Marsh Study Area
Southeast corner of Beechwood Cemetery, off St Laurent Blvd Show on Map
Located at the corner of Beechwood Cemetery, this natural area is maintained by volunteers, including many school children, under the leadership of science teacher Michael Léveillé. Many species of wild pollinators have been observed there.
Maplelawn Historic Garden
529 Richmond Road, Ottawa Show on Map
The 19th-century walled garden at Maplelawn is a national historic site. Its colourful all-season displays of perennials include many pollinator favourites.
Boulevard Alexandre Taché Show on Map
An ecological and biodiverse garden
This garden contains plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are also easy to compost and filter contaminants…
Hydro corridor on both sides of Brady Avenue Show on Map
Initiated by the Ottawa Stewardship Council, the Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant Community Associations, Hydro One, and the City of Ottawa via former councillor Marianne Wilkinson are working to make this part of a hydro corridor into a haven for pollinators. According to an OSC representative, this is a win-win-win situation:
- The community gets a beautiful green space that is an asset to the neighbourhood, invites people to walk its paths, and provides an opportunity for learning about the environment and connecting with nature.
- Hydro One gets a corridor that won’t require costly maintenance to keep the land clear beneath the power lines.
- In place of a corridor filled with invasive species, Nature gets a meadow of native plants for pollinators that supports bees, butterflies, other insects, birds, and humans.
A great model for other communities!
For more about this project, see OSC projects, and scroll down to Morgan’s Grant.
Trinity Youth Wildlife Garden
Richardson Side Road, Carp, Ontario Show on Map
Established in 2015, the Trinity Presbyterian pollinator garden in Kanata is home to native plants that provide nectar and pollen to beneficial insects and birds. The church’s youth group was inspired to start the garden and led the design and implementation with the support of the congregation. The youth group and the congregation maintain this pollinator garden.