We are very pleased to announce 26 successful submissions in the inaugural year of SOUL’s Greener Greenspaces program!
Greener Greenspaces is a recognition program for sites from across Canada that exemplify greener greenspace stewardship. The aim of the program is to showcase examples of ecologically-focused land care as a means to inspire others and to further the movement across Canada.
To be recognized as a Greener Greenspace, the site must be cared for using land care practices that:
2021 Recognition Recipients
Click on a Greenspace on the map or scroll down to find a short profile of each of these greenspaces.
We will be sharing a complete profile of a greenspace every two weeks over the course of 2022 and will also be featuring Greener Greenspaces in the February, July and August sessions of the SOUL 2022 Year of the Ecological Garden series.
Is there a greenspace in your community that you feel belongs on this map?
We’ll begin accepting submissions for the 2022 program starting in the summer and would love for the map to grow to include spaces in communities in every province and territory. If you’d like a reminder email when the 2022 program opens for submissions, please send us a note and we’ll add you to the mailing list.
Designed by Pollination Guelph, this multi-year project has created almost 9,000 sq. ft. of pollinator habitat on the grounds of Hospice Wellington.
All work done on the garden is performed by volunteers from Pollination Guelph and/or Hospice Wellington.
While some introduced species have been included for additional colour, the vast majority of plants on-site are native to Ontario. Efforts are made to include a wide variety of native plant species to support a diverse, vibrant community of pollinators (native bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, some flies and hummingbirds) and other taxa. Plant species are chosen to ensure there is continual blooming throughout the spring, summer and fall.
The LEAF demonstration and learning gardens are located outside Toronto subway stations in neighbourhoods across the city. The gardens are designed to enhance the urban forest and be sites for the public to learn about native plants and trees. Suitable native species are selected and planted in these gardens to provide sources of food and habitat for birds, butterflies and other pollinator species. Practices used to care for these gardens include mulching, feeding the soil with compost, reusing materials to minimize waste and utilizing the native plants in the garden as seed sources for propagation. In addition to LEAF staff, a group of 50 dedicated volunteer garden stewards care and maintain the demonstration and learning gardens.
Nature Regina's pollinator garden in Regina has over 100 species of plants native to southern Saskatchewan. The species were selected to support insects, birds and other small mammals. Those involved in designing the garden are constantly searching for native Saskatchewan plants from the area to extend bloom times. The garden is in its third year of a five-year rejuvenation plan. The garden is supported by numerous volunteers and monitored by a team of biologists and landscapers dedicated to organic land care practices. Public engagement activities include webinars and publicly accessible site visits to learn about native plants in the ecoregion. The garden is a designated Monarch Way Station on the David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway and is a research site for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and community space programmed by Nature Regina.
Peace Garden is in a very public location downtown Regina. The older section of the garden is twenty years old and was badly in need of rejuvenation. The success of that restoration in recent years inspired the volunteers and Church to triple the garden area available. Plants selected for the garden expansion were primarily native plants, including groundcovers, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Plants are selected so that flowering occurs throughout the season. Members of the public routinely stop and speak with volunteers about the garden and our methods. Homelessness is an issue in downtown Regina, and several people sleep in the garden and church entrance. One homeless person regularly assisted with watering the new plantings during last summer’s hot, dry summer.
The Pipeline Trail Pollinator Paradise in Hamilton is a small urban garden filled with mostly native plants, chosen for diversity in bloom time, colour and flower shape to maximize support for native insects. There are approximately 40 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials and grasses in approximately 700 sq. feet. As the name suggests, the garden is along a trail and it was a central feature in a recent community engagement event that advocated for trail improvements to improve accessibility and wayfinding, as well as projects involving public art and additional gardens. As described by one of the lead gardeners, the Pipeline Pollinator Paradise garden supports garden activism.
Started with the help of a PollinateTO grant, this greenspace was planted in the spring of 2021 with a variety of species to selected for blooming from spring to late fall. Next steps include converting lawn to a woodland garden and have creating a rain garden. Water has been included in the garden for birds and insects as have old logs and woodpiles for insects and bees.
Through Project Swallowtail, the David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway Project and PollinateTO participation and signage the gardens have made more people aware of the beauty of native plants and the importance of pollinator gardens. The gardens are used in new ways by children and adults alike and neighbours on the street are now planting more native plants in their gardens to help create a pollinator pathway.