Do you have a green thumb, love gardening and have a blossoming passion for flowers? You’ll be thrilled to hear the city is celebrating the Year of the Garden. Throughout the year, the city will host events and activities, share information about gardening, and encourage residents to try gardening.
The Canadian Garden Council and Communities in Bloom has declared 2022 the Year of the Garden. It’s meant to be a celebration of all things gardening and gardening in Canada and everyone is invited to join in the fun and ‘live the garden life’. Mississauga joins about 57 other Canadian communities celebrating gardeners, gardening and gardens in their communities.
The city will kick off celebrations of the Year of the Garden with a National Garden Day event on June 18 at The Riverwood Conservancy. The event will highlight Riverwood Gardens and showcase local community groups related to gardening. Participants have the option to join the Birds and Blooms or Enabling Gardens tours.
Residents can also continue the celebrations with these exciting events and activities to commemorate the Year of the Garden. Below are some events and activities:
- Adopt a flower bed: Later in June, volunteers can register online and choose a flower bed to adopt. Volunteers receive training that enables them to maintain beds throughout the growing season and assist park staff with tasks such as weeding, mulching, and removing dead plants.
- Jack Darling Prairie Tour: Tours are offered in July and August to learn more about the unique habitat, how prairie plants are managed by the city, and more about the diverse plants and animals that call the prairie home.
- blossom photography: From June to September, local residents are invited to share their favorite flower photos taken in a city park by tagging @SaugaParksRec on Instagram.
- Wildflower Seed Giveaway: Residents have a year-round opportunity to select seeds of interest (such as butterfly milkweed, wild burgamot and brown-eyed susan) for their home garden. Numerous native wildflower seeds will be available at events throughout the year to encourage native plant gardens and pollinators.
- moongates: This year, Moon Gates will be installed in four urban garden parks (Riverwood, Hancock Woodlands, Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens, Kariya Park). A moon gate is a circular opening that serves as a pedestrian passageway to a garden. The Moon Gates will serve as artwork and a target for photography and social media opportunities.
Additionally, the city will establish a pollinator garden this fall to commemorate the 2022 Year of the Garden.
Learn more about Year of the Garden events and activities: Campaign.mississauga.ca/year-of-the-garden
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