Date(s) - 07/07/2021 - 18/07/2021
Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. This year we are hosting a workshop series, to offer our beautiful community an opportunity to learn about local pollinators, and how we can all work together to help these essential beings in our ecosystem. See the Facebook event page here
Virtual Garden Tour and Native Plant Workshop with Sabine Almstrom
Monday July 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tickets: $10, event hosted on Zoom
Sabine has transformed her suburban front and back yard over the last 5 years from almost 100% lawn when moving in, into a thriving native plant garden. Her idea behind this endeavour has been to boost greatly decreased populations of our native bees, butterflies and and many more pollinator species. Such rewilding, of even the smallest yards, creates an oasis of life and food for the wildlife around us, including the vastly important soil fauna. Her vision is a network of native plant gardens to provide healthy, connected living spaces for insects, birds and lots of other creatures.
In this workshop, we will take you on a video tour of Sabine’s yard, and discuss the processes involved in rewilding our landscapes. The video screening will be followed by a workshop, highlighting local native plants and a Q&A session with Sabine!
Learn About Native Bees with Ted Leischner at the Community Meadow in Rotary Park
Wednesday July 7, 12pm – 1:30pm
Ted Leischner is a Certified Pollinator Steward, with a background in teaching Ecology, Beekeeping, and Native Bee Management.Ted is passionate about teaching community members about the local species of pollinators and other insects, and was a key member of the volunteer crew for the Community Meadow in Rotary Park. Ted is a beekeeper and he is dedicated to raising awareness about the decline of native bees and insects, and how we can help create habitat to support these essential members of the ecosystem.
Native Plant Walk with Genevieve Singleton at the Community Meadow in Rotary Park
Wednesday, July 14, 10am – 11:30am
Genevieve Singleton fell in love with nature at an early age and has never looked back. She has 40 years of experience sharing her love of the outdoors. She particularly enjoys sharing her passion for native plants through sharing fun facts, ethnobotanical information, and stories. She is a beginner Hul’q’umi’num learner and includes these long used traditional words in her presentations. Come prepared to have fun and be entranced with the magical world of our local flora.
Wild Weaving with Invasive Yellow Flag Iris with Janice MacKirdy at the Somenos Marsh
Sunday July 18, 10am – 2pm
In this workshop, you will learn how to harvest and prepare Yellow Flag Iris for weaving, and then learn how to make cordage (rope) from the iris leaves. Janice MacKirdy is a student of natural dyes, and nature-based fibre arts, including basketry. Jan is also a gardener, landscaper, and has a wealth of knowledge about plants, and their traditional uses. The workshop will consist of 2 hours of harvesting/preparation, and two hours of instruction/cording. Covid protocols in effect, more information available upon registration.