We've Been Busy!
Outreach Projects 2022
Our Community Greenhouse Feasibility Study has begun!
Blooming Boulevards, with Hoffmann Hayes and Agritecture, is in the initial stages of developing an accessible community greenhouse plan for individuals and organizations who share a common goal to create a more sustainable city by growing native plants that mitigate pollinator habitat loss and vegetables to enhance food security. The work is being generously supported by Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund.
Why Blooming Boulevards needs a greenhouse
Our volunteers push aside furniture to make space to grow native plants in their basements, spare rooms, porches, and balconies. We've reached a limit in how many we can grow: 30 volunteers = 8,000 plants. But to extend the scope of our services (meadows! gardens in parks!) we'll need a facility where we can grow LOTS more. A community greenhouse will give us the space we need to really make a difference in helping biodiversity in Mississauga.
We Are Resilient Launch and Market
The City of Mississauga's Environment Section and Museums of Mississauga have joined together to curate an exhibition exploring climate change and climate action in our City. Shown: compelling photographs and stories created by Mississauga residents. Provided: perspectives from international scientific leaders ; info how everyone can take climate action today!
Included in the exhibition: a story and photo by BB's Jeanne McRight!
Saying hello: Blooming Boulevards' activity booth.
Saying hello at the Lakeview Farmers Market!
BB Directors Angela, Archna and Murray (not shown) enjoyed meeting market-goers and offering seeds for sale on Sept. 11 at our BB Booth.
Ecosource Pollinator Garden Improvements
In July, BB provided hundreds of native plants to Ecosource, who we are helping to create/expand native pollinator gardens at their city-wide community garden sites. Pollinators help increase vegetable and fruit yields!
Over 40 species available - some hard to find! Lots of variety - low, medium and tall native flowering plants and grasses for sun, shade, dry and moist conditions. Some woodland species too!
New this year: Culver's root, ironweed, and pussy toes!
All plants were raised by our BB volunteers. Most are native to our region and many have been grown from locally collected wild seeds, with special permission from the City of Mississauga.
Gardens: Sheridan United Church Native Habitat Garden
A section of the big circular native plant garden being installed by volunteers at the Sheridan United Church on Truscott Road, right next to the Clarkson Community Centre. Photo ©2022 Sharon Rutter.
Education: Volunteer Native Plant Propagator Training Program
This year 30 volunteer members grew over 8,000 native plants!
Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative and our partnership with ACER
We provided over 1,000 native plant seedlings to accompany tree plantings in parks throughout the city, supporting key goals of Mississauga’s Climate Action Plan and the city’s Living Green Master Plan. We hope this project's success will serve as a model for future initiatives.
Seniors' Fair at the Mississauga Seniors Centre
Wayne and Murray said hello to our friends at the Senior Centre at this fun event, hosted by Ward One Councillor Stephen Dasko.
Seedy Saturday at the Unitarian Church of Mississauga
How lovely to finally get outside and make new friends at our first display booth in two years! Jeanne did an in-person presentation while Wayne, Murray and JP helped pass out brochures, answered questions and gave a free native plant to each new member.
Year of the Garden Celebration at the Riverwood Conservancy
Everyone in Canada was invited to Live the Garden Life and Plant Red during the Year of the Garden 2022.
We plant native red columbines to pay tribute as an expression of our Canadian Wild Garden Pride in 2022, and brought them for new members signing up at this event. Our board member Pamela Sleightholm and Councillor Chris Fonseca at our BB booth.