Celebrate Pollinator Week

Black swallowtail butterfly on flower

What do a rural homeowner in Erin, a Jewish congregation in Mississauga and a brewery in Caledon have in common? It may not seem obvious, but if you visited their properties, you’d quickly discover the answer.

Chris Wedeles, Solel Congregation and Sonnen Hill Brewery all took environmental action to restore and transform their properties to support pollinators and other local wildlife. It’s Pollinator Week and we’re sharing their stories. Here are a few highlights showing the impact these landowners continue to have on the health and wellbeing of our local environment.

We hope they’ll inspire you to discover pollinator-friendly projects for your own property.

Wildflower Riches in Erin

When avid birdwatcher Chris Wedeles purchased his Erin property, he realized two old fields on the site provided ideal bird watching opportunities. To attract more birds and pollinators, he began the process of removing invasive plant species and restoring the fields to native meadow. Read more about their project.

Fields of native Wild Bergamot in bloom.

A Blaze of Summer at Solel

Over 1,500 native wildflowers stand as a testament to Solel Congregation’s deep-rooted commitment to providing a nurturing environment for its diverse members. Volunteers worked hard to transform parts of the Mississauga property into thriving wildflower gardens that support pollinators. Read more about their project.

Volunteers at Solel planting a woodland pollinator garden.

Pale Ales and Pollinators

Sonnen Hill Brewing serves more than pale ales and lagers to local beer lovers. Located on the 37-acre Hill family farm in the beautiful Caledon countryside, Sonnen Hill is the site of something special. The family transformed over seven acres of land into an expansive meadow that now offers ample pollen to local pollinators. Read more about their project.

Calum Hill inspects a young spruce. Photo courtesy of Sonnen Hill Brewery.

Urban Inspiration

You don’t need a lot of acreage to create vibrant pollinator-friendly gardens. CVC’s prairie wildflower garden at Jack Darling Memorial Park was designed to inspire residents to explore the beauty of native plants. The 1,500 square foot garden showcases thirty different native plants you can grow at home. Read more about the project.

Wildflowers in bloom at the Jack Darling Memorial Park prairie wildflower garden.

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