On Sept. 20 and 21, Niagara Region welcomed over 75 volunteers from across the region to assist in the planting of more than 1900 native pollinator plants in the Niagara Region headquarters’ new pollinator garden.
The 3,000 sq. ft. garden features a wide variety of pollinator plants that provide a continuous source of flowers from spring through fall. The garden only contains native species to the region’s local ecosystem and provides overwinter safety to even the smallest of native insects.
The introduction of a pollinator garden into the local area will provide pollinators, such as birds, bees and butterflies, a safe food source and habitat. Pollinators are essential in sustaining our local ecosystem and help plants reproduce, clean the air, and support other wildlife. Pollinators also contribute to Canada’s economic agriculture economy, with honeybees alone providing an economic harvest value upwards of $5 billion a year. Pollution and misuse of pesticides has led to a decline in the population of pollinator species. The pollinator garden will complement the nearby Glenridge Naturalization Site hot spot and assist in sustaining the local pollinator population.
The pollinator garden is one piece of the Region’s International Plaza project. Niagara Region will be hosting an official opening (ribbon cutting) of the International Plaza and Brock District project later this year. To learn more about the pollinator garden and the International Plaza project, go to Niagara Region's International Plaza Project Page.
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