For Immediate Release: September 18, 2019
Hamilton--Everyone wants to help save the pollinators, and one of the best ways to do so is by planting a native species garden. To this end, the Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project has launched the Plant Paradise Toolkit, a guide designed to help Hamiltonians create pollinator-friendly habitat.
“Whether you are planting in a very small space such as a balcony, or on a large property,
starting a garden for wild bees, butterflies, and other pollinators can seem overwhelming,” says Jen Baker, Project Manager for the Pollinator Paradise Project. “This electronic toolkit is useful for all habitat sizes and every level of expertise--from beginner to green thumb.”
Plant Paradise Toolkit is divided into two parts. The first part starts with an introduction as to why pollinators need our help (and why we need theirs: 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat depends on a pollinator!). It includes a section that explains the urgency for supporting broader biodiversity in general. The second part of the toolkit is laid out in 6 neat sections. Illustrated with beautiful images, it covers choosing a site, designing the garden, choosing the plants for the garden, preparing, planting and maintaining the garden.
“With this critical conservation issue, we can all be part of the solution; ” Baker concludes, “because every little bit helps.”
Residents will be able to get a condensed version of the toolkit by attending the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz weekend, September 21-22 and/or the Native Plant Sale, which will run concurrently with the BioBlitz event on September 21, and takes place at the Royal Botanical Gardens.https://www.rbg.ca/bioblitz
The Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project is an initiative of Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club since 2014, with the goal of planting a Pollinator Paradise across the City of Hamilton.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jen Baker,
Pollinator Paradise Project, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-549-0900