Queen’s Park Pollinator Habitats

A natural place to have lunch at the ‘Ledge’

Based on the needs of bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, wasps, flies…you get the picture.

This retreat for staff of the Ontario Legislature buildings is a perch for tourists and citizens as well as pollinating insects.

In Toronto the Good we are fabulous gardeners but we’re a bit too tidy.

The City of Toronto’s Pollinator Protection Strategy and OMAFRA’s Pollinator Health Action Plan set the stage for a large homage to Nature.

City staff are acknowledging that nature lives in the living and dead bits. Birds, squirrels, and racoons live in dead trees and our food friendly pollinators live in our dead leaves and stems, sometimes even in chinks in our mortar and holes in our wooden lintels.

There is really nothing to be worried about here. Dead matter has always had a place in the garden. Just as we add compost to our soil to feed our veggie plants, dead stems and dry leaves make living possible for our beloved winged creatures.

Where would we be without our Bees? They pollinate at least one third of our food globally.

They are crying out for spaces that serve their needs and this proposed garden in the heart of Queen’s Park Circle is just the ticket.