Plant a Garden!

Take a fresh look at your surroundings and see if there are places where you can create more habitat.

Planting a garden in even the smallest spaces can provide food and shelter for hungry pollinators.

Follow these steps to help pollinators thrive in your garden.

  • Turn lawns into beautiful gardens.
  • Plant a garden with local native plants.
  • Design with continuous blooms and diverse species (in many shapes and sizes to match the bees) and in bunches of 5 to 9 plants or more.
  • Plant milkweed for Monarch butterflies to feed and lay their eggs on.
  • Keep areas (10% of you gardening space would be nice) undisturbed, unmulched and unwatered. Sandy soil is best for the 70% of our native bees who live in the ground.
  • Keep your garden pesticide free and buy pesticide free plants. Consider asking your local garden centre or plant nursery  to join the Bee Friendly Grower program.
Monarch Butterfly
Build Bee Houses

NANPS plant sale demo garden
Photo courtesy Gillian Leitch

  • Build a wild bee home.
  • Grow your own food.
  • Join a community garden.
  • Save seeds and share them.

Sarah Peebles at “Sonic Solitaries” sensory bee cabinet at High Park Nature Centre
Photos courtesy Rob Cruickshank

Planning your garden