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Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening for Wildlife

Thursday August 9, 2018 6:30 pm to 8 pm (registration closed)
Saturday August 18, 2018, 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: Hidden Habitat
2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy, ON P0E 1G0

Cost: $25 + hst per participant

Grow wild and think beyond a pollinator patch or songbird garden. This workshop will take an ecosystem approach to gardening with a focus on plant selection, design techniques and maintenance must do’s (and don’ts).

The workshop will begin with a basic introduction into native plants and a tour of the Hidden Habitat gardens and meadows in the making.

In the workshop participants will:

  • learn about the basic necessities of wildlife, focusing on songbirds and pollinators
  • learn which plants are the most productive and create the most wildlife interactions
  • learn the do’s and don’t of how to maintain a wildlife garden
  • learn simple garden design principles that will ensure your garden is eye-catching all year long
  • leave excited about starting your own wildlife garden
  • shop for Muskoka grown Ontario native plants

Workshop will be held partially outdoors and hands on so please dress for the weather and for the garden. A handout will be provided but note taking and photos are welcome throughout the workshop.

Space is limited, so please purchase your ticket ahead to avoid disappointment.


Native Plants for Small Gardens

Native Plants for Small Gardens

Native plants have a reputation of being wild and unruly, ignoring boundaries and growing wherever they wish. This reputation makes some gardeners wary of allowing them in their gardens.  This is especially true of gardeners with small gardens.  Gardeners that must work in strict boundaries are often cautioned at the wandering nature of native plants.

However, there are many well behaved, mild-mannered native plants that will support wildlife and keep your garden looking eye-catching all season long.  We’ve listed several species below to get you started.


Native Plants for Small Shade Gardens

  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Wood poppy
  • Michigan Lily
  • Hepatica
  • Partridge berry
  • Bottlebrush Grass
  • Smooth Penstemon
  • Ostrich Fern (Is a large fern, but makes a big impact as a feature plant in a small garden)
Small garden’s need not house small plants. While you will want to limit the number of large specimens, adding a few feature plants will pull focus and create eye-catching focal points.  Ostrich fern, blue false indigo and lead plant offer unique foliage, colour and texture.




Native Plants for Small Sun Gardens

  • Culvers Root
  • Tall Ironweed
  • Virgin’s Bower (Vine)
  • Purple Prairie Clover
  • Harebell
  • Wild Quinine
  • Indian Grass
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Prairie Smoke


Small gardens are usually only limited horizontally, so where the sky is the limit, take advantage of some of Ontario’s native plants that can bring height to your garden.  Ironweed, Indian Grass and Michigan Lily make great additions to a small garden, adding height without the excessive girth.


Trees & Shrubs for Small Gardens

  • Saskatoon Serviceberry
  • Leadplant
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Mapleleaf viburnum


We are Celebrating Pollinators at Wye Marsh

We are Celebrating Pollinators at Wye Marsh

Wye Marsh Pollinator Event

Join us Saturday August 5, 2017 for Wye Marsh’s Celebrating Pollinators Event. Included with general admission, this unique event celebrates all things related to Pollinators – bees, butterflies, wildflowers and their importance to our ecosystem.

Activities Include:

Monarch Butterfly display and children’s activities 11 am to 3 pm, Monarch tag & release at 1 pm. Join Heather of Butterfly Kisses Educational Outreach to learn about Monarch conservation and watch her tag & release Monarch butterflies.

Tour and informational talk at our Bee House. Join Denise of Bonnie Bee Honey to learn all about these wonderful creatures. 11:30 am.

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator Initiative team presentation and interactive bee walk. Learn about the importance of pollinators, their decline, as well as develop skills in bumble bee catch-and-release monitoring and identification. 1:30 pm.

Informational talk & tour of our Wildflower and Pollinator gardens. Join Laura from Hidden Habitat to learn which plants create the most pollinator interactions and how to grow & maintain a wildlife-friendly garden. 10:30 am.

Tiny Township’s Protecting our Pollinators information booth 10 am to 4 pm.

Plus hike the wonderful trails, spot frogs & turtles from the floating boardwalk, visit with the Birds of Prey or observe birds and other waterfowl from one of the observation blinds.

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