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  • Supporting Nature: Gardening with Native Plants

    Tamsin Baker, Stewardship Coordinator, SCCP Harry Hill, Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden

    March 23, 2019 Presentation – Sechelt

  • South Coast

    Conservation Program

    A multi-partner conservation program

    helping facilitate projects and activities to restore and protect

    species and ecosystems at risk

  • BC’s South Coast Region

    Wide range of habitats supporting high level of biodiversity Over 30 (federally-listed) endangered, threatened

    and special concern species at risk

  • Nature Stewards Program Much of land in Metro Vancouver is privately-held

    • What does it offer to private landowners?

    – Free site visit

    – Follow up info - Wildlife Habitat Report

    – Opportunities for Habitat Enhancement

    In partnership with:

  • • Gardeners can be great nature stewards!

    • Most common recommendation is to plant native plants – but where to start?

    • Victoria’s Habitat Acquisition Trust created a native plant gardening guide over 10 years ago

    • Naturescape BC Georgia Basin Guide(s)

    • Invasive Species Council of BC’s Grow Me Instead guide

  • NEW GUIDE! Gardening with Native Plants in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

  • Gardening with Native Plants in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

    • Stay tuned for a workshop near you!

    • Pick up your free copy today! PDF is online.

  • Why Garden with Native Plants?

    Practical reasons:

    • Can require little maintenance

    • Don’t need pesticides

    • Less use of water

    • Can reduce erosion

  • Why Garden with Native Plants? Attractive options year round

  • Why Garden with Native Plants? Help to increase biodiversity

    Wildlife needs:

    Food, Shelter and Water

  • Why Garden with Native Plants?

    Helping pollinators

    • Bees – Needs flowering plants, so choose a variety with different bloom times

    • Butterflies – Needs plants to support the larval stage and the adult stage

  • Pollinator-attractive wild plants of Metro Vancouver

  • Why Garden with Native Plants?

    Helping nature

    • Species at Risk – approx. 30 federally-listed species

    • Provide needed habitat – create an ecosystem, and connectivity

    Western Toad

    Northern Red-legged Frog

  • Why Garden with Native Plants?

    Helping Species at Risk continued…

    Western Screech-owlGreat Blue Heron

  • Species Identification Guides

  • South Coast SAR Series – Paper and On-line versions

    Amphibians, Owls and Snails

  • Where to get Native Plants?

    • Don’t take them from the wild

    • Check out local nurseries

    • Watch out for hybrids! – check the scientific name

  • • Pick up in Abbotsford (west) on May 4th

  • Where to find information

    • www.sccp.ca (under Nature Stewards Program tab) – ID guides

    – Native plant guides

    – Links to other resources

    – Species at risk links

    • Sign up for E-Newsletter / Follow us on Facebook

    • Email: tamsin@sccp.ca

  • Questions?

    Thank You to Our Funders and Partners!