Pollinator garden at King and John flourishing

The pollinator garden at the corner of John and King streets initiated by Friends of One Mile Creek continues to flourish.

Plants such as swamp milkweed attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Plants such as swamp milkweed attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

The pollinator garden at the corner of John and King streets initiated by Friends of One Mile Creek (FOMC) in 2016 is flourishing after five years. The garden was planted in one day in September 2016 in the Town park with plants provided by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and help from NPCA staff, FOMC volunteers, Town staff and a few committee members of Communities in Bloom.

More native flowers provided by NPCA were added to the garden in 2017 and 2018. FOMC volunteers organized by Klara Young-Chin regularly weed and mulch the garden.

Klara Young-Chin in pollinator garden next to Dense Blazing Star in July 2021.
Klara Young-Chin in pollinator garden next to Dense Blazing Star in July 2021.

In fall 2018 the Niagara Restoration Council paid for a beautiful interpretive sign that showcases photos of some of the native flowers with explanation of their benefits. The sign is easily viewed by people who use the busy walk/bike path along King Street that passes directly beside the pollinator garden.

This garden is another example of a naturalization project that encourages community members to add pollinator friendly plants to their yards. Each patch of native flowers, however small, adds to the network of food and rest stops for bees, butterflies, birds and other beneficial pollinators.

NOTL is proud of the recognition it has received in national and international judging. One of the many requirements for Communities in Bloom is the environmental stewardship contribution in the community, and this garden is one of the community projects that have been noted.

This garden followed the 2012 FOMC project organized by Gerry Beneteau that created the large naturalized buffer and pollinator garden in the William Street Park at the top of the hill abutting One Mile Creek.


Pollinator plant list and bloom times

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Views in June and August of pollinator garden


What the sign says at pollinator garden

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Pollinator garden in August 2021

FOMC pollinator garden at King and John in August 2021 (photo by Klara Young-Chin)

Pollinator garden in fall 2019

Klara at pollinator sign Oct 2019
Pollinator plants are left in the garden over winter to provide shelter and food for wildlife, then cleaned up in late spring for the new growing season.

Pollinator garden in spring 2018

King and John pollinator garden at the beginning of the season after clean-up and mulching  in 2018.
King and John pollinator garden at the beginning of the season after clean-up and mulching in spring 2018.

The people who planted the pollinator garden in September 2016

n a joint effort, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Communities in Bloom committee, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Friends of One Mile Creek worked together to plant a new pollinator garden at the corner of John Street and King Street in September 2016. (Photo Niagara This Week)
In a joint effort, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Communities in Bloom committee, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Friends of One Mile Creek worked together to plant a new pollinator garden at the corner of John Street and King Streets in September 2016. (Photo Niagara This Week)

Closeups of some plants in pollinator garden

Butterfly Milkweed
Butterfly Milkweed
Virginia mountain mint
Virginia mountain mint
Plants such as swamp milkweed attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Swamp milkweed
Black-eyed Susan with wild strawberries
Black-eyed Susan with wild strawberries
Wild Columbine
Wild Columbine
Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot
Spotted Joe Pyeweed
Spotted Joe Pyeweed
Tall Ironweed
Tall Ironweed
Sneezeweed
Sneezeweed
Dense Blazing Star
Dense Blazing Star


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