Planting of the Canada 150 Pollinator Garden
June 21 and 22, 2017 - Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project (PCRA) site, 2pm to 9pm (21st and 22nd). An evening Pollinator Walk & Talk is scheduled for 6pm to 9pm on the Thursday evening, led by Cynthia Pohl, pollinator expert and owner or Living Lands Landscape and Design.
Varieties of plants for the pollinator garden include trees, shrubs, forbs, and groundcover. Some examples:
Apple, Cherry Plums, Plumcots, Shipovas, Canadian Buffaloberry, Giant Hyssop, Asters, Tall Larkspur, Narrow Leaf Sunflower, Wild Bergamot, Black-eyed Susan, Stiff Goldenrod, Common Yarrow, Wild Columbine, Red Paintbrush, Blanket Flower, Wild Flax, Meadow Blazing Star, Hearleaf Alexander, Wood Lily, Golden Aster, Smooth Fleabane, Sticky Purple Geranium, Northern Hedysarum, Purple Prairie Clover, Pink Onion, Nodding Onion, Dwarf Milkweed, Common Harebell, Yellow Lady's Slipper, Alpine Strawberry, Three-flowered Avens, Dotted Blazing Star, Early Yellow Locoweed, Showy Locoweed, Prairie Crocus, Early Blue Violet, Cut-leaf Anemone, Shooting Star, Slender Beard-tongue, Blue-eyed Grass, Prairie Coneflower, Red Columbine, Sarsaparilla, Tall Larkspur, Tall Bluebells, Western Canada Violet, Marsh Marigold, Common Camas, Joe Pye, Closed Gentian, Northern Fringed Gentian, Wild Iris, Northern Bog Violet, Alfalfa
Refreshments and tools will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own - please label your tools and dress for the weather!
Please confirm your participation in the Pollinator Garden Planting by completing the CiviVolunteer form here - http://rethinkreddeer.ca/civicrm/vol/#/volunteer/opportunities
Alongisde the pollinator garden planting, Trout Unlimited Canada will be wrapping up their "Piper Creek Fish Habitat Restoration Project" with a riparian planting work bee. In support of the overall site restoration, theirs is a multi-year project funded by the RBC Blue Water Fund, and the Environmental Damages Fund, with the goal of improving riparian and aquatic health in Piper Creek, a small tributary of Waskasoo Creek, within the Red Deer River Watershed. Piper Creek flows through agricultural farmland and through the southern portion of the City of Red Deer between 40th ave and 50th Ave before meeting Waskasoo Creek near the Greyhound Bus station downtown. Piper Creek has been affected by various land uses such as urbanization and agriculture, which have left some of its riparian areas in a state of poor health. In order to improve riparian health, Trout Unlimited Canada, ReThink Red Deer, Cows and Fish, the City of Red Deer, and members of the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project have partnered to improve conditions along Piper Creek within the PCRA Project site.
Volunteers will be able to help TUC plant a variety of native shrub species along the creek to improve riparian health. Prior to the work beginning, volunteers will receive an introduction the project and an overview of the evenings activities. TUC will provide gloves and all of the planting equipment required for this event.
TUC will provide sandwiches and juice boxes to volunteers as well as a jug of water to refill water bottles for all volunteers
WHERE TO MEET
See the map here to view meeting locations on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1O3A1SNDdQDc_7h4qK_yrIFXb6ng
WHAT TO BRING
Volunteers should bring:
- Sturdy close-toed footwear that can get wet and dirty
- Water bottle
- Weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty
- Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, bug spray
- Camera (if you'd like)
- Extra snacks (it's hard work!)
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE RIPARIAN PLANTING HERE - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/piper-creek-solstice-planting-event-june-21st-2017-tickets-35148169120
NOTE: in order to allow the most opportunity for others to participate, if you cannot attend please make sure to cancel your ticket prior to the event. For more info on the riparian plantings, please contact Elliot Lindsay, Project Biologist at Trout Unlimited Canada - 403-221-8360 or by email at - firstname.lastname@example.org