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Learn about native gardens or sit by a bonfire at unique weekend events in Milton | inHalton

Learn about native gardens or sit by a bonfire at unique weekend events in Milton | inHalton


By Jeffrey Allen

Published July 22, 2022 at 3:08 pm

A couple of unique events are happening in Milton this weekend.

Tonight, July 22, at 9 p.m. a giant bonfire is being held at Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm, 9528 Regional Road 25 in Milton.

Participants are invited to sit back and sip cider with friends and neighbours. Enjoy a taste of cottage life, listen to live music and bask under the night sky.

For more information on the event or to register, visit here.

A Backyard Pollinator Garden Tour is being held tomorrow (Saturday, July 23) from 2 to 4 p.m.

Led by Margaret and John Beaudette, participants will learn how to build a garden with plants native to southern Ontario.

The free tour is being held at 11255 Guelph Lin in Campbellville. To register, visit the website.


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Bounty of native plants for sale as Garden Aurora event returns

Bounty of native plants for sale as Garden Aurora event returns

The Garden Aurora Plant Sale take places Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Home Hardware after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic

If you’re looking to add native flowers and greenery to your garden this year, look no further than Garden Aurora’s annual plant sale. 

The popular fundraiser for the Aurora Garden & Horticultural Society, which regularly draws line-ups of gardeners well before they open their doors, is set to return this weekend after a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic.

Garden Aurora will take over the parking lot at Aurora Home Hardware on Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with member gardeners offering plants taken from their own thriving gardens. 

“This is very exciting because we haven’t had fundraisers for two years,” says Garden Aurora’s Cindy Scuithes. “Gardening took off like a bullet during the pandemic. More people are interested in planting and growing their own food and it is a really good activity for parents to do with their children where children can learn how things grow.”

It’s still a “mystery” what varieties of plants Garden Aurora members will produce from their gardens ahead of the sale, but Scuithes says participating growers have been asked to emphasize native plants, herbs and vegetables, and, of course, non-invasive species.

“Native plants are going to survive our winters,” says Garden Aurora’s Donna Lewis. “They’re going to survive droughts; they’re going to survive extreme weather events a little bit better than the exotics. Having said that, the exotics or the non-native plants that we have available for sale will be grown in Aurora and should be suitable for most people’s yards. Our price point will also be a little bit easier on people’s pocket books.”

“With native plants,” Scuithes adds, “you don’t have to replace them every year. Some of the exotic plants won’t survive over the winter, some only have a shorter lifespan of three to five years, and then they should be replaced.”

Native plants in home gardens, ornamental or otherwise, are also a boon for local biodiversity, they say, offering native bees a better chance of doing the pollination that is so desperately needed.

“The whole thing is about biodiversity; the higher the biodiversity the healthier the environment,” says Lewis. “The healthier the environment, the healthier the people. Across all spectrums, if we plant more native trees, we’re going to have more native birds nesting in our yards. Birds won’t nest normally in a Norway maple because they get no benefit from it as there are not that many insects eating it – except maybe the spongy moth!”

As more and more people turn to gardening at home, Home Hardware is as eager as ever to partner with Garden Aurora in making the plant sale possible.

Sarah Fleming, paint department manager for Aurora Home Hardware, says she too was bitten by the gardening bug at the start of the pandemic and it was an easy choice for the business to step up and help support the Garden & Horticultural Society.

“Because of the pandemic, I enjoy gardening more, too,” Fleming says. “I spend more time in my garden now than I ever did just because it brought my stress level down and gave me more of an appreciation, too, for all the different types of plants I wasn’t even aware were out there. I think it is good [Garden Aurora educates] people who are coming to the plant sale as well. Customers won’t only go away with a beautiful plant, but they will go away with knowledge, as well!”

The Garden Aurora Plant Sale will take place Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Home Hardware (289 Wellington St. East). Sales are cash only and change is appreciated.

In addition to bringing the plant sale back to patrons after more than two long years, Garden Aurora is also hard at work planning for their next big event: a return to their annual Garden Tour, featuring an array of beautiful, creative, and unique local gardens. 

The tour is set for June 26.

“This will be the first time in two and a half years for our garden tour, which will showcase a bunch of different gardens and give people a bunch of different ideas of what’s possible,” says Ms. Lewis. “These aren’t commercially-made gardens, they’re all owner-maintained so it shows what you can really pull out of your hat! Plus, Garden Aurora members will be able to explain what plants are there, the owners will be there to explain some of the pitfalls they had. Gardening is always an adventure; sometimes there is serendipity that gets involved. You might not think something will work and it turns out to be the best thing ever!”

For more information on these and other upcoming Garden Aurora events, visit gardenaurora.ca.

Brock Weir is a federally funded Local Journalism Initiative reporter at The Auroran

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Event: Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest

Event: Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest


Native Prairie – Annual Youth Poster Contest

Celebrate Native Prairie Appreciation Week! Make a poster about “Protecting Prairie” or “Species at Risk” for a chance to win a prize!

Contest Details:
• Age Categories: under age 6, 7-10, and 11-16
• 11-16 Category must include information about what people can do to help
• Deadline: Post marked by June 3rd, 2022
• Winners will be announced on June 25th, 2022
• Please indicate on the back of the poster, : Name, Age and a phone
number or email address (only winning entries will be notified)
• Posters will be judged based on use of prairie species at risk, artistic ability
• For Contest Rules: https://www.pcap-sk.org/upcoming-events/npaw

Prizes for Winners and Runner-Up in EACH Age Category!
Prizes include outdoor experiences or gift certificates!

Send Entries to:
SK PCAP c/o P.O. Box 13, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0
Or npawcontest@gmail.com

Contact Info

Name Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan
Phone (306) 352-0472
Email pcap@sasktel.net
Link For more info click here.
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Event: Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest

Event: Youth Native Prairie Poster Contest


Native Prairie – Annual Youth Poster Contest

Celebrate Native Prairie Appreciation Week! Make a poster about “Protecting Prairie” or “Species at Risk” for a chance to win a prize!

Contest Details:
• Age Categories: under age 6, 7-10, and 11-16
• 11-16 Category must include information about what people can do to help
• Deadline: Post marked by June 3rd, 2022
• Winners will be announced on June 25th, 2022
• Please indicate on the back of the poster, : Name, Age and a phone
number or email address (only winning entries will be notified)
• Posters will be judged based on use of prairie species at risk, artistic ability
• For Contest Rules: https://www.pcap-sk.org/upcoming-events/npaw

Prizes for Winners and Runner-Up in EACH Age Category!
Prizes include outdoor experiences or gift certificates!

Send Entries to:
SK PCAP c/o P.O. Box 13, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0
Or npawcontest@gmail.com

Contact Info

Name Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan
Phone (306) 352-0472
Email pcap@sasktel.net
Link For more info click here.