Share your Garden
WITH BEES, BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES
A Pollinator Garden with native plants brings joy and awe that even the most beautiful non-native ornamental flowers can never achieve. Ornamental plants are introduced and, therefore, not part of our ecosystem. Consequently, they miss the connection to the whole ecosystem and the essence of life. By matching the right plants to the place you care for, you provide food and shelter for many creatures and will see biodiversity increase quickly in front of your eyes.
In the big picture, your pollinator garden helps draw more carbon into the soil and counteracts climate change.
Winter is here -or it feels like it- and what more uplifting and fun can there be than bringing gardeners together to plan for next spring?
We had a fantastic time in our first Seed Workshops. We explored different native plant options for everyone's unique garden setting and simultaneously soaked up some summer moments looking at beautiful pictures of plants, bees, and butterflies. We sowed some samples, and everyone left with the knowledge and some seeds to grow at home.
The workshops make a perfect gift for garden, bird and butterfly lovers.
Check out the events below and how I can organize one for you.
Thanks for a fun and very informative afternoon! I learned so much.
"Thank you, Dorte, for organizing! I am so happy I made some new friends and got all the seeds I need. "
“I loved the meeting room. So practical with screen and huge working space. Wonderful workshop.”
- Thu, Dec 07Location is TBDDec 07, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Location is TBDDec 07, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Location is TBDWinter is perfect for planning your pollinator garden. Discover suitable plants for your garden, get your hands dirty sowing seeds, and unlock the secrets to growing native pollinator plants from seed successfully. Enjoy the company of like-minded people in a comfortable setting.
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Thinking of Creating a Beautiful Pollinator garden
AND FAST-TRACK YOUR SUCCESS
A Pollinator Garden is a Feel-Good Garden
Go on a vacation right in your garden.
Experience the sweet scent of vanilla, luxurious colours and outrageous colour combinations, a relaxing soundscape, long bloom times and always someone visiting, if bee, bird or butterfly.
I can help you choose plants that will thrive in your garden conditions and get you started successfully.
Low maintenance since native plants are adapted to our climate:
Less watering once the plants are established and planted in the right place
Less mowing means less noise & pollution
No fertilizer need
A beautiful pollinator garden increases curb appeal
Better pollination increases the yield and quality of your vegetables, fruits and nuts
Deeper root systems lower flood risk
Brings back biodiversity:
Contributes to conservation efforts
Beneficial insects and birds create a balanced and vibrant ecosystem
Heals the soil
Climate change solution:
Help to restore the natural water cycle
Sequesters more carbon than lawns
Less fossil fuel inputs from the purchase of plants to their maintenance
Greater cooling effect
We are hard-wired to enjoy a deeper connection to the natural beauty and processes
By creating a pollinator garden using Ontario native plants, you allow life to unfold again how nature intended it: exuberant, beautiful, and full of intelligent relations.
A Pollinator Garden benefits everyone:
Toronto butterflies in my pollinator garden
Ever Wondered Which Microorganisms Are in Your Compost or Soil?Find Out With A
Biological Soil Examination
GET SOME FUN PICTURES OF MICROORGANISMS WORKING IN YOUR SOIL OR COMPOST
What You Get:
400 x magnified digital pictures of microorganisms in your soil/compost.
Information about the function of the organisms in your soil with an easy-to-understand explanation of their role in your garden.
Information on which microorganisms are missing and the implication.
Simple to follow techniques to improve your soil.
Nutrient Cycling is Key to Fertile Soil
The soil must be alive to be the foundation of a healthy and low-maintenance garden. Living organisms like Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, Amoebae, and Nematodes are crucial for nutrient cycling, meaning providing plants with enough of the proper nutrients at any time. Fungal hyphae in symbiosis with plant roots can make your garden more self-sufficient. As an extension of plant roots, the symbiotic fungal networks make plants more drought-resistant and fungi, as chemical wizards, will supply the plants with the required nutrients. It turns out that the traditional chemical soil tests and determining the pH of soil don't provide the information that is needed for a holistic garden approach.
As a powerful climate solution, fungi store carbon longer and in higher concentrations in their hyphae in the soil than plants in their tissue. Even in your garden, you can create conditions to promote the underground network of fungi through less - but more thoughtful - maintenance practices, and you will help to counteract climate change. As a side effect, the soil chemistry will change, bringing your garden into a more advanced successional state which will not allow weeds to dominate.
POLLINATORS· SOIL·NATIVE PLANTS
About Dorte Windmuller
I am very passionate about solutions to counteract climate change and biodiversity loss and concerned about the effect on human mental and physical health caused by alienation from nature. I have been studying native plants and their associated fauna, soil, and societal norms for the last four years. Science and traditional Indigenous knowledge offer powerful and often straightforward solutions to these daunting problems of our time. I have gained practical knowledge through the experience of converting my garden into a pollinator paradise, organizing community volunteer work and sharpening my observation skills. We are in a time when positive environmental change gets embraced exponentially. I am excited to take you on this journey. This experience often sets people on fire or, as the elders say, wakes up the blood memory to reconnect, act and ultimately inspire others again.
Grow Your Garden From Seed
IT'S FUN AND EASY
Learn How to Grow Your Garden From Seed
It is very easy and satisfying to grow your garden from seed. You don't need grow lights or anything fancy. Some soil, containers, protection, water and a part sun location are all you need.
Come to a hands-on workshop where you will learn from many years of my experience and will get started with lots of seeds and some materials.