Move over Manitoba. Mississauga’s Jack Darling Memorial Park is getting another patch of prairie. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), the City of Mississauga and the David Suzuki Foundation invite the community to help create the city’s first prairie wildflower demonstration garden. The garden builds on the City of Mississauga’s prairie restoration at the park. The event takes place Tuesday, September 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. near the northwest corner of Jack Darling Memorial Park, 1180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga.

The prairie wildflower garden will showcase plants that grow in tallgrass prairie habitat by incorporating them in a garden setting. Tallgrass prairie is a distinct ecosystem mainly comprised of tall grasses and wildflowers. Stretches of tallgrass prairie once dotted the southern Ontario landscape but most were lost due to urban and agricultural development, and reforestation.

“This is a chance for avid gardeners and beginners alike to learn all about prairie wildflowers and how they can enhance our home gardens,” said Mike Puddister, CVC’s Director of Restoration and Stewardship.

Prairie wildflowers used in home gardens and urban green spaces can attract a variety of birds, butterflies and important pollinator species. Pollinators such as bumblebees are vital to the health of the local environment and have been in decline over the past few years.

Prairie wildflowers and grasses can add visual interest to home gardens. Groupings of prairie wildflowers can create stunning masses of colour when in bloom. Plants can be combined to blend or contrast with one another or to bloom sequentially throughout the growing season. The prairie wildflower garden will help home gardeners discover what to plant in their yards and what to look for at local nurseries.

This event is appropriate for children 11 years and older. Shovels, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. Participants are asked to dress for the weather. The event will take place rain or shine. To sign up to volunteer contact CVC’s Melissa Creasey at [email protected] or 905-670-1615 x450.

Photos:
New England aster blooms in August and September and looks beautiful in a home garden when contrasted with black-eyed susans.
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Black-eyed susans are easy to grow and provide brilliant yellow colour from mid-July until September.
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Wild bergamot blooms a soft mauve in July and attracts many pollinators, including butterflies.
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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Media Contact
Jon MacMull
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
[email protected]

Information Contact
Melanie Kramer
Program Coordinator, Residential Outreach
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext 452
[email protected]

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