Library staff and their families planted this garden to provide habitat and food for pollinating insects, some of which are threatened or endangered, like the Monarch butterfly. Loss of habitat and the use of pesticides have contributed to the decline of Ontario’s pollinators, which are vital to the environment and farming. They pollinate plants and trees, which is necessary to produce fruits and vegetable. Pollinators don’t always have access to the flowers of fruit and vegetable plants, which is why they need other flowers for food.

 

We planted the garden on July 8th, and found 9 monarch butterfly caterpillars on July 26th, ranging in size from 0.5cm to 4cm. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant, and the caterpillars use the plant for food before creating a chrysalis as part of the metamorphoses process to becoming a butterfly.

Plants in Our Garden

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Milkweed
  • Coneflower
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Lilac
  • Weigela
  • Bee Balm

 Pollinators You Might See

  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Bumble Bee
  • Mason Bee
  • Leafcutter Bee
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird
  • Moths

How You Can Help

  • Plant native plants
  • Make sure your garden has a variety of flower shapes
  • Plant a variety of flowers to bloom throughout the seasons
  • Avoid pesticides

 

RESOURCES

Books

Pollinator Friendly Gardens 

Attracting Native Pollinators 

The New Ontario Naturalized Garden

For Children:

Touch a Butterfly: wildlife gardening with kids

What if There Were No Bees? 

The Magic School Bus Plants Seed 

 

Websites

Pollinator Health (Government of Ontario)

Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden (David Suzuki Foundation)

Native Plants for Pollinators (Credit Valley Conservation)

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (National Wildlife Federation)