Palmerston Square Pollinator Patch

Palmerston Square Pollinator Patch is a community collaboration.

Chosen by the City of Toronto’s Beautiful Streets program, AlterEden organized a neighbourhood all ages team to de-pave and restore to natural beauty an underused section of the square.

Plants were chosen for their fitness to withstand the dry, partially shady location where salt from the adjacent parking lot would be a Winter impact.

Plants were grouped into colour blocks of blue, yellow and red, to appeal to bees and butterflies. They love large drifts of colour, it makes their visits more efficient.

Colour blocking also makes a big impact for us visually and prevents a long species list from looking chaotic.

This previously unused space became part of an art, music and nature discovery hub, evidence that we can save paved paradises.