Below is a list of gardens participating in Bee Better Manitoba's Pollinator-Friendly Public Garden Program. By participating, these gardens are showing their commitment to creating and preserving pollinator-friendly habitat in our communities.
For more information on these gardens (brief description, location and pictures), click on each participating garden mentioned below.
- The Manitoba 150 Pollinator Garden
The Manitoba 150 Pollinator Garden was created in 2020 and it consists of 500 native wildflowers and grasses - a sight to see! The garden is managed by the St. Vital Agricultural Society and is located on the corner of St. Michael Road and Glen Meadow Street (North of Bishop Grandin Blvd). Directions here
- Whyte Ridge Butterfly Garden
Established in 2014 as part of The Whyte Ridge Interpretive Trail Project, the Whyte Ridge Butterfly Garden is a 1,076ft² butterfly-shaped garden consisting of over 1000 native plants - including host plants that attracts a variety of butterflies such as Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies and more! The garden is cared for by residents, Master Gardeners, and Master Gardeners in Training.
The garden is located on the Whyte Ridge Interpretive Trail, has a lovely bench for viewing, and is wheelchair accessible. The Interpretive Trail also includes a tall grass prairie, lots of interpretive signage on native trees and shrubs, and connects to the Fort Whyte Alive Trail! Directions Here (170 Fleetwood Rd - entrance is at the Whyte Ridge Community Centre)
- Living Prairie Museum
The Living Prairie Museum interpretive centre has four pollinator gardens containing approximately 40 species of native wildflowers. All of the plants are derived from seeds that were harvested from prairie habitat within Manitoba. A variety of pollinators frequent the flowers, including the yellow-banded bumble bee, a species listed as Special Concern in Canada. The gardens are located in the parking lot and around the interpretive centre at 2795 Ness Avenue in Winnipeg. Directions here
- Blue Thunderbird Land-Based Learning Centre (Aki Centre)
Established in 2017 as a part of Seven Oaks School Division, Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae’ Inun (Blue Thunderbird Land-Based Learning Centre) is a 49-acre place of learning and connection, a land-based extension of classroom learning. The Centre shares knowledge on a combination of Indigenous and western perspectives around historic and cultural connections to land, land stewardship, and growing foods.
Of the 49-acres cared for by staff, students, and volunteers, 35 acres are being restored to Indigenous Tallgrass Prairie and a 5-acre remnant prairie is being preserved. There are also two mature Indigenous Plant gardens containing approximately 40 species of flowers and grasses combined. It also has 3 km of granular walking trails.
The Centre features a 1,700 sq. ft. Model Prairie Garden (constructed in 2019) that borders a path across from the vegetable garden. Behind the mix of Indigenous flowers and grasses are Indigenous shrubs and trees, such as Grey and Red Osier Dogwood, Buffalo Berry, Black Currants, Pin Cherry, and Wild Plum.
Located next to the pond is Wawiyia’kiti’gahn (constructed in 2018). It is a Medicine Wheel Shaped Garden encircled by 13 boulders representing the 13 moons of the lunar calendar. Four coloured paths mark the four directions. Each quadrant of the Medicine Wheel hold a garden: one of Sage, one of Sweetgrass, and two of the Indigenous tall grass prairie. In the centre are 7 benches engraved with the 7 Sacred Teachings.
The Centre is located on Treat 1 Territory, 1985-A Grassmere Road, West St Paul, MB. Directions Here
- Manitoba Legislative Grounds
Information and pictures coming soon...