Visit our pollinator garden at the Lakeshore Branch! Our garden attracts monarch butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, moths, and other pollinating insects. Volunteers are wanted to help us plant a pollinator garden at the Cookstown Branch. Sat. Jun. 15 at 10:00am – drop by and lend a hand!

Watch for more on the monarch butterflies. In 2018 we were able to raise the caterpillars inside and watch them turn into chrysallises. Then we released the butterflies! This year we’re going to get an early start, so keep an eye out for our butterfly nursery at the Lakeshore Branch starting in June.

Monarch Mania: chrysallises (top), caterpillar, butterfly

This year we set up bird and bee houses at the Lakeshore and Cookstown Branches. The bee houses are for Blue Orchard Mason Bees, one of over 400 native bee species in Ontario. Mason Bees are docile and spend their days pollinating flowers and using mud to make chambers where they lay eggs that will hatch next year. Learn more about Mason Bees.

Mason Bee House

Plants in Our Garden

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Milkweed
  • Coneflower
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Lilac
  • Weigela
  • Bee Balm

How Can You Help Pollinators?

  • Plant native plants
  • Make sure your garden has a variety of flower shapes
  • Plant a variety of flowers to bloom throughout the seasons
  • Avoid pesticides

Resources

Books

Pollinator Friendly Gardens 

Attracting Native Pollinators 

The New Ontario Naturalized Garden

Children’s Books

Touch a Butterfly: wildlife gardening with kids

What if There Were No Bees? 

The Magic School Bus Plants Seed 

Websites

Pollinator Health (Government of Ontario)

Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden (David Suzuki Foundation)

Native Plants for Pollinators (Credit Valley Conservation)

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (National Wildlife Federation)