Watch, Get Gardening and Learn Together @ BPL Program Portal:
Can you imagine a world where we treat all plants, animals, water, air and people with equal respect? This presentation will explore the effects of “manufactured landscapes'' on plant biodiversity, affecting the health of the ecosystems we depend on. Pollinators are in steep decline, yet they are responsible for one-third of the world’s food supply. In particular, the Monarch butterfly population has plummeted since the 1970’s. Many factors have contributed to their depletion, however anyone with a lawn, balcony or access to green space can be pre-eminent in revitalizing Monarch populations and ensuring climate-readiness. By planting milkweed in a pot or butterfly garden patch, you can make a difference for this incredible insect.
Learn: Seeds of Diversity Canada & Pollinator Gardens & Pollination
Join: BPL's Seedy Saturday
Visit: BPL's Seed Library to borrow and donate seeds for your garden or indoor plants
Michele Smith is an elementary school teacher who helps gardeners transition from “traditional” lawn and garden practices to sustainable gardening with food, wildlife and protection from global warming in mind. In addition to teaching, Michele is an authorized scientific collector of Monarch Butterflies through the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She is passionate about teaching and learning with Monarch Butterflies.
Michele is currently working on a project to combine Indigenous food gardening with pollinator and rain gardens, in order to increase the plant biodiversity at the school grounds where she works. She believes that students need to learn outside, connecting with nature and its inhabitants, in order to become the responsible environmental stewards that will sustain future generations.
If each person plants even one pollinator-friendly plant in their outdoor living space, we will all reap the benefits from the health of this vital ecosystem.
This program is in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada.
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