Supporting pollinators and biodiversity
2019 Certification will start August 1st until September 30.
Keep in mind to take pictures of your garden all Summer long for your certification!
How do I protect pollinators and biodiversity at home?
Vegetating a balcony, a terrace or a wall or creating a flower or kitchen garden are ways of getting closer to nature and taking concrete action to preserve biodiversity as well as attract an array of pollinators.
A diversified landscape is a friend to biodiversity, triggers numerous collateral benefits and inspires the neighborhood. The greener the neighborhood becomes, the easier it is for wildlife (insects, birds or small mammals) to transit between green spaces. Gardens absorb runoff water and reduce urban noise. They are true oasis of freshness and make it conducive for us to observe the wildlife that we share the city with.
By gardening ecologically and in favor of biodiversity, you become an agent for change. You contribute to the biodiversity protection movement, support native pollinators, and increase the resilience of your living environment.
What are the advantages of participating in the My Space for Life Garden program?
The My Space for Life Garden program is free and open to all Québec residents, to company, school and alley gardens, green roofs and community gardens. When you participate, you benefit from a range of advantages:
- an inspiring newsletter to support you during the gardening season's key moments;
- tip sheets developed by the Montréal Space for Life specialists;
- events specially designed for program participants;
- the possibility of having your action recognized by the certification of your garden according to the theme(s) chosen, under established criteria;
- the enhancement of your certified garden in the Gardenaut Gallery, where all certified gardens have been geolocated since 2013.
Choose a theme for your garden
The suggested landscapes for the four My Garden themes help support biodiversity, and above all, feed and house a host of pollinators, whether bees, butterflies, birds or others!
Depending on your personal interests and the size of the area you have available, you can choose one – or all – of the following garden themes:
- The Biodiversity Garden promotes the cultivation of a diverse flora, especially native plants, in order to attract a wide range of useful fauna to your garden.
- The Bird Garden offers a space that will attract birds – a garden where they can feed and shelter throughout the year.
- The Monarch Oasis will transform your garden into sites of observation and reproduction of these flamboyant butterflies and many other native insect species;
- The Kitchen Garden invites you to grow a diversity of plants that feed both the gardener and wildlife. The charming, the useful and the delicious all together!
As proof of its commitment and to help build the biodiversity protection movement, Space for Life launched the My Space for Life Garden program in 2013 as a means of encouraging citizens to “greenify” their environment. This project was made possible thanks to financial support from the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (now Concertation Montréal) and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine.
For their invaluable collaboration, we would also like to thank the Space for Life Foundation, the Friends of the Jardin botanique de Montréal, the Conseil Régional de l’Environnement-Montréal, the Association des retraités du Jardin botanique de Montréal (Club Iris) and the Regroupement des écoquartiers.