Beauty and biodiversity.
Who We Are
We are a group of civic-minded MIssissauga residents who love gardening and want to do what we can to help the environment and promote community well-being. We developed the mission and goals of Blooming Boulevards in early 2019 and assembled our expert volunteer Board of Directors who have been working hard to make our programs successful during our Pilot Project, which will run from 2019 to 2022.
Our group is dedicated to help our city’s neighbourhoods meet environmental, economic and social challenges of climate change. Grass-root respect for conserving resources grows when people have chances to meaningfully interact with nature. A linked network of accessible boulevard gardens along residential streets provides habitat for native species, opportunities for community engagement and supports Mississauga’s Living Green Master Plan.
To promote a resilient, biodiverse ecosystem by creating sustainable boulevard garden networks, and to add vibrant character to neighbourhoods by fostering a spirit of community pride.
Building Connections - our three-year Pilot Project
We are embarking on an ambitious project which aims to create clusters of residential boulevard gardens that will serve as a corridor for native pollinator population movement, enabling bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects to reach each other.
To provide seeds for the plants we use for the boulevard gardens, we are restoring a large meadow area on the site of the former Arsenal Lands in Port Credit, along the shores of Lake Ontario. This site is owned by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and managed by the Small Arms Society, both of whom are partners providing support and facilitating our project.
- To design a cohesive boulevard garden network that connects with the neighbourhood and promotes human and environmental well-being.
To involve neighbourhood groups and local residents in planning, installing, maintaining and promoting the gardens.
To provide pollinators with linked food and habitat sites year-round to support population growth and species diversity.
To conserve resilience of local native plant species by fostering genetic diversity.
To expand the garden network by producing quality seed and plant yields from local native species for distribution to the local community.