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Swamp milkweed with bumble bee and other insects

 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 Workshops

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.

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.”

Upcoming Events

  • Grow your Garden from Seed Workshop
    Grow your Garden from Seed Workshop
    Thu, Dec 07
    Location is TBD
    Dec 07, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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    Dec 07, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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    Winter 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.
  • Custom Designed Workshops
    Custom Designed Workshops
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    Location is TBD
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    I will host small workshops and consultations throughout the winter for 1 - 4 people. The meeting room has a kitchen and a monitor, so we can work and learn conveniently with a cappuccino, cup of tea, or coffee. Click "Buy Tickets" for more information.

Save Time and Money
Get Advice

Book a fun Garden Consultation, an eye-opening Biological Soil Examination, an Inspirational Presentation, or a Seed Growing Workshop.

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

Thinking of Creating a Beautiful Pollinator garden

GET AN

IN-GARDEN CONSULTATION 

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 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 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.

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

 POLLINATORS· SOIL·NATIVE 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

 IT'S FUN AND EASY

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

THE DIRTY DOZENS OF GARDEN MAINTENANCE AND THEIR ALTERNATIVES

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