Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

CWF looking for flower garden volunteers

“At the Canadian Wildlife Federation, we are itching to get our hands dirty and get our native plant demonstration gardens looking their best. But we need your help and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get involved.

At our head office in Kanata, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful gardens. They were created in 2001 to show Canadians that native plants are beautiful and beneficial. Our wildlife-friendly gardens meet the basic needs of wildlife. The variety of native plants offer food, shelter and space, while our pond and recirculating stream is a source of water. We also practice earth-friendly gardening – avoiding pesticides, conserving water, doing our best to work with nature rather than against it.

These gardens are remarkable but they can only stay that way with care and attention. We can’t always do it on our own. If you feel inspired, we’d love for you to volunteer. There are many different tasks that are right for you in and around our gardens. So don’t let a busy schedule, an achy knee or your level of gardening expertise stop you. We will guide you along and make sure you have a task that you’re comfortable with. Share what you know with us and we’ll share what we’ve learned with you.

We need folks to weed, water and dig and people who know their native plants. The list goes on. There is no minimum time requirement. Any time you can donate is truly appreciated and will help set the standard for wildlife-friendly gardening across Canada.

If you are available anytime Tuesday through Thursday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, please contact Sarah Coulber, Education Specialist at 613-599-9594 ext. 216 or email

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