2020 Ottawa Sustainable Garden Network

The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & the Common Good (FCG) featured an Outdoor Greening Winter Webinar Series in 2020: The Birds and Bees of Sustainable Gardening!

This Winter Webinar series was financially supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – a great big thanks to this amazing national environmental foundation! 

The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & the Common Good offered a free garden webinar series for local faith communities to learn about how to support the birds, bees and other wildlife on your property. Native birds and bees benefit from simple and easy changes that we can make to our gardens. Providing more “habitat” supports these important species that help strengthen the resiliency of our local ecological systems and also provide many personal benefits to us including mental health and spiritual joy.

During the FCG winter webinar series:

– discussed the reasons why we should be supporting local birds and the bees on our faith community property and the benefits of a more sustainable and ecological landscape;

– shared how prayer, meditation, community food and/or sacred space gardens can attract more birds and bees through easy enhancements and simple changes to maintenance techniques;

– highlighted some local Ottawa programs and resources that can support both your home and faith community garden (including signage that will let your neighbours know about your efforts!);

– Were there to answer your gardening questions and perhaps we can have some cross-pollination with gardeners sharing their own experience with their peers online.

This FREE four-part garden webinar series started in January 2020. 

Tues January 28 at Noon (EST) – Introduction to The Birds and the Bees of Sustainable Gardening – We will start off with the 5 W’s, providing an overview of ecological and sustainable gardening, why it is important and where to start in your own garden. (LINK)

Tues February 11 at 7 PM (EST) – Supporting Wild Pollinators in your Gardens – What Wild Bees are Visiting your Sacred Space?  Our focus will be on wild bees and other beneficial insects you will meet in your landscapes and how to support them. (LINK)

Wed February 26 at Noon (EST) – Gardening for Wildlife – guest presentation by Canadian Wildlife Federation – The CWF program highlights the key “ingredients” to a successful and beautiful garden that will support local wildlife. (LINK)

Wed March 11 at 7 PM (EDT) – The Birds and the Bees of Sustainable Gardening – What Next?  This final webinar will focus on new research and how to apply it to your gardens, local resources and any other final questions you may have to help get you started for spring gardening. (LINK)

This series was offered as part of the Ottawa Interfaith Sustainable Garden Network.

As always, FCG Ottawa staff is here to help support faith community staff and volunteers working outdoors on their landscape and gardens and those who want to add a new sustainable garden component to their property.  Let us know what your needs are in terms of your sacred landscape and ecological gardens — we are here to help!

Give Katherine Forster a call today (1-866-231-1877 x 107) or send an email to: kforster@faithcommongood.org