Essentially, a pollinator garden is a garden that has a wide variety of plants that flower throughout the growing season, and that have an array of shapes and sizes to accommodate diverse types of pollinators.
Pollinators move pollen from plant to plant, fertilizing them so that they can produce seeds, which are often contained in fruit. Unfortunately, with a rise in monoculture, native pollinators are in decline, and many large-scale farmers have to rent bee hives or even hand pollinate. In an area that grows a lot of fruit, that’s a big deal! According to Tim, promoting native pollinators will help food production in the long run.
It’s been a long-time dream to grow fruit trees at Brooksdale, though a tough one to realize. When A Rocha Canada received an education grant, the dream took a new form. We now have two areas specifically designated to attract pollinators of all kinds.
The pollinator garden, next to the herb garden, is designed as an educational space. It has six apple trees, surrounded by plenty of other flowering plants, including lupines, yarrow, and saskatoons. Tim hopes that the garden will help people see the connection between pollination and the food they eat.