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  Let Your Garden Come Alive


A Pollinator Garden with Native Plants brings joy, wonder and awe that even the most beautiful ornamental flowers can never achieve. Ornamental plants are introduced and have not co-evolved intrinsic relations with animals and other organisms in our ecosystem. They miss the deeper connection to the whole and the essence of life. By matching the right native plants to the place you care for, you provide food and shelter for many creatures, and you will see biodiversity unfold in front of your eyes. 

Your pollinator garden not only takes action against biodiversity loss but also draws significantly more carbon into the soil and soaks up astonishingly more rain. Therefore, it is counteracting climate change and brings hope.

I help you unlearn and learn quickly in a fun and eye-opening way. By reconnecting our shared human memories of stewardship to the marvels of self-healing natural systems, you will enjoy a lavish garden and rediscover fascinating beauty - including your wild side in no time. 

Winter Workshops

Embrace the winter garden season!

Plan and start growing your pollinator garden now in a Seed / Pollinator Workshop

and get inspired by fellow wildlife gardeners.

We have a fantastic time in our Seed Workshops. We explore different native plant options for everyone's unique garden setting and simultaneously soak up some summer moments by looking at beautiful pictures of plants, bees, and butterflies. We sow samples and leave with extended knowledge and some seeds to grow at home.

The workshops are 2-3 hours 

in small groups of max. 4 people for

$ 45.- per person.

The spacious, clean and comfortable meeting room in the Kingston Road and St. Clair East area has a kitchen and a TV monitor, so we can work and learn while enjoying a cappuccino, cup of tea, or coffee. 

Below are some examples of topics we explore during workshops.

Spaces are limited.   

Nora, Toronto

Thanks for a fun and very informative afternoon! I learned so much.

Jen, Toronto

"Thank you, Dorte, for organizing! I am so happy I made some new friends and got all the seeds I need. "

Anisha, Toronto

“I loved the meeting room. So practical with screen and huge working space.  Wonderful workshop.”

During a Seed Workshop

We Talk About


  • Suitable plants for your garden conditions.

  • Methods of how to grow these plants from seed.

  • Step-by-step plan to create a beautiful pollinator garden by next summer.

  • Hostplants for butterflies and pollen specialist bees and the takeaway for our gardens.

  • The importance of living soil and soft landings.

  • Beneficial garden maintenance practices for insects, soil, birds and all wildlife.

  •  Increase vegetable yields with native plants and how to implement them in a vegetable garden.

  • Native plants for container gardening on a balcony or terrasse.

  • Improve your soil, its water retention and fertility.

  • Life in your soil under the microscope.


Available Seeds


American heuchera

calico aster

doll's eye

evening primrose

great blue lobelia

heart leaf aster


white snakeroot

wood lettuce

yellow giant hyssop

zigzag goldenrod

Part Sun

American harebell

anise hyssop

black cherry

black-eyed Susan

blue vervain

boneset, common

bottled gentian

brown eyed Susan

cardinal flower

climbing prairie rose

common milkweed

coreopsis, lance-leaf

cup plant

golden Alexander

green-headed coneflower


Full Sun

Butterfly weed

dense blazing star

foxglove beardtongue

showy tick trefoil

spotted beebalm

Part Sun

Joe Pye weed

little bluestem

New England aster

nodding wild onion

Northern Catalpa tree

obedient plant

pearly everlasting

purple coneflower

ridgid/ stiff goldenrod

swamp milkweed

sweet oxeye

Virgin's bower

Virginia mountain mint

wild bergamot

wild senna


Save Time and Money
Get Advice

Book a fun Garden Consultation, a Biological Soil Exploration, an Inspirational Presentation, or a Seed Sowing Workshop.

Pollinator Garden, Native plants, Nodding onion, black-eyed Susan, great blue lobelia, cardinal flower

Thinking of Creating a Beautiful Pollinator garden




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 weeding​

  • Less mowing means less noise & pollution

  • No fertilizer need

Financial benefits:

  • 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


Health benefits:

  • Stress relief

  • 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:

Monarch butterfly, Giant tiger swallowtail, Mourning cloak, American Lady, Skipper, Monarch crysalis

Toronto butterflies in my pollinator garden

Nematode with eggs, organic matter, bacteria,  nematode egg, compost, humic acid

Ever Wondered Which Microorganisms Are in Your Compost or Soil?Find Out With A

Biological Soil Exploration


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.

Obedient plant, cardinal flower, black-eyed Susan, pollinator plants


Inspirational Presentations

Book a Presentation, Talk or Workshop for your Garden Club, Event, Company, or School 

  • How to Create a Pollinator Garden

  • Garden Maintenance with Pollinators in Mind 

  • Soil and the Health of Your Plants

  • Increase your Vegetable Yields with Native Plants

  • and more...

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.

Sprout, swamp milkweed sprouting, growing plants from seed, native plants

Grow Your Garden From Seed


Book a Seed Workshop

  • Hands-on

  • Choose up to 15 species of seeds

  • Learn how to get an exceptional germination rate

  • Learn the tricks on how to best care for your seedlings

  • Get advice on when to plant them in your garden.

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.

Trout Lily, woodland plants, Ontario native woodland

Maintenance Hacks


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