Prairie Wildflower Garden at Jack Darling Memorial Park
Site Preparation: Summer 2013 | Garden Installation: September 2013
Visit the Prairie Wildflower Garden to learn what prairie wildflowers you can grow when gardening or landscaping in sandy soils in south Mississauga.
Inspired by tallgrass prairie, the Prairie Wildflower Garden at Jack Darling Memorial Park showcases many of the plants that grow in tallgrass prairies by placing them in a garden setting. Tallgrass prairie is a distinct ecosystem mainly comprised of tall grasses and wildflowers that used to grow naturally in many locations in Southern Ontario.
Grouping several of the same plants together can create stunning masses of colour when they are in bloom and combining certain plants together can add contrast or successive blooms through the growing season. Use this garden to discover what to plant in your yard and look for those plants at your local nursery.
Incorporating prairie wildflowers into your garden is not only attractive; it also benefits nature by providing a food source and home for birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Watch for these wildflowers in the garden – or plant them in your own yard.
Interested in these plants? Print this page and take it with you to the nursery.
While you are at Jack Darling Memorial Park, wander up to the north-east corner of the park for a look at the tallgrass prairie covering the landscape. After discovering several prairie plants growing naturally in the park, the City of Mississauga planted this area to mimic a tallgrass prairie landscape. It is maintained as a natural area within the park and provides inspiration for the Prairie Wildflower Garden.
Jack Darling Memorial Park is located in south Mississauga between Lakeshore Rd. W. and Lake Ontario. (map)
The Prairie Wildflower Garden is a joint project between Credit Valley Conservation and The City of Mississauga.
Additional funding for this project was generously supplied by the David Suzuki Foundation.
For more information please contact Melanie Kramer, Program Coordinator, Residential Outreach: firstname.lastname@example.org