Sunday, August 16, 2015

Why you should certify your pollinator paradise with us!

Why certify your pollinator paradise project with us, you may ask?
Here’s what one person says about the effect a “pollinator paradise” sign in his garden has had on the neighbours: 
"Our house is on a corner, so our whole yard is visible from the sidewalk. We get a lot of people passing by a very unusual garden, and then stopping to read the sign. The people who already found the garden beautiful are excited to see that it's also beneficial, while those who thought it strange become more understanding as they see the logic behind it. The number of conversations I have while out gardening has doubled, and we've not had a single by-law complaint against us since it was posted--compared to at least five per season in previous years." Peter Hopperton.

Clearly, within the neighbourhood, certification of your property raises awareness and legitimizes what we are trying to achieve here—creating vital, much-needed habitat for pollinators of all kinds.

You gain official status and personal satisfaction in being part of a community of that is helping pollinators including species at risk, right in your own backyard.
Whether you have a small balcony, or acres of land, the Pollinator Paradise Project wants to officially recognize and celebrate your efforts in welcoming pollinators to your outdoor space of native plants, through our Certification Program.

Vanessa Scalli writes: 
"It has been a lot of work starting these gardens from scratch but it's all starting to be worth it, especially when the bees sleep in the Black- eyed Susans at night and the finches start to return to a garden where there were almost no birds. I also will be expanding the patches to the front yard next year and am hoping to start a blog about it all."

Sandra Root writes:
I am very pleased to have observed a diverse variety of pollinating insects from wasps to bees, butterflies; including two swallowtail species, our monarch various skippers and such. Some days the creeping thyme ground cover just hums with life.

Note: Other certifications you can obtain are from the Canadian Wildlife Federation 
and on the Pollinators Guelph website.