Your Garden Can Help Native Species Thrive

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In the Zone: Gardens that help native species thrive

The Carolinian Zone in southern Ontario is a hotspot for biodiversity, home to more species of rare plants and animals than any where else in Canada, including one-third of all species at risk in Canada. With the region’s population projected to grow significantly, so will our impact on habitats and the health of wildlife. Your garden may be the key to helping nature thrive in ‘the Zone.’ If you live in the Carolinian Zone, please join us in making your garden part of the solution. We can grow life-sustaining habitats for native wildlife, one yard at a time.

Your garden can help sustain native wildlife and habitats in the Carolinian Zone

With support from wildlife and gardening experts, In the Zone will guide your garden design to help you cultivate vital habitat for warblers, frogs, owls, monarchs, salamanders and more.

Using the In the Zone Garden Tracker, you can track your garden’s transformation and link your sightings with important scientific databases such as the Natural Heritage Information Centre and eBird. Citizen monitoring makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of biodiversity in Ontario, and what’s happening in your garden can reveal insights into the health of species in the Carolinian Zone.

When you join In the Zone, you can connect with a community of gardeners to share tips, exchange native plants and celebrate successes knowing you are making a difference where you live. Your collective efforts will help preserve biodiversity and the health of the wider ecosystem on which people and wildlife depend.

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Explore strategies for transforming your garden for native wildlife.

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What do you Want to Grow?

Help cultivate healthy and resilient neighbourhoods for wildlife one garden at a time. Each guide offers suggestions to help you transform your garden into flourishing habitat for native wildlife in the Carolinian Zone.

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Grow a bouquet of native flowering plants for birds, butterflies, bugs and other pollinators.

Grow a bouquet of native flowering plants for birds, butterflies, bugs and other pollinators.

Meadow & Prairie

A healthy pollinator population also supports local food production.

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Choose native trees and plants to create a woodland home for owls, chipmunks, and woodpeckers.

Choose native trees and plants to create a woodland home for owls, chipmunks, and woodpeckers.

Woodland

Shade trees will help moderate the temperature in your yard and provide cooling for your home.

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Add a pond or enhance a wetland for frogs, toads, turtles and salamanders.

Add a pond or enhance a wetland for frogs, toads, turtles and salamanders.

Ponds & Wetlands

Healthy ponds and wetlands can buffer your yard from floods and droughts.

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Create structure for flower and berry-loving birds such as chickadees, wrens and hummingbirds.

Create structure for flower and berry-loving birds such as chickadees, wrens and hummingbirds.

Shrubs & Vines

Your garden will help foraging birds to thrive, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labour, too.

How it Works

Whether you’re a gardening guru or have a brown thumb, it’s simple to garden In the Zone. Once you sign-up, you’ll be invited to register your garden, choose a Garden Guide, and be eligible to receive individualized support from wildlife and gardening experts. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect and share with other In the Zone gardeners in your community.

As your garden flourishes and wildlife move in, you can track the changes in your yard using the In the Zone Garden Tracker. Your results can contribute to local and international citizen science databases. This information is vital for understanding your positive contributions to the biodiversity and climate resilience of your community.

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    Sign up

    Join the In the Zone community to receive information and updates about the program and an invitation to register your garden.

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    Register your garden

    After registering your garden, you will select your native species Garden Guide and become eligible to receive one-on-one expert advice, a site consultation, free native plants and more.

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    Get growing

    Grow a garden designed to help Carolinian wildlife, including species at risk, thrive. Connect with other participants to share your experiences, take part in native gardening workshops, and more.

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    Track your impact

    Record your garden transformation and measure your impact using the In the Zone Garden Tracker. You can contribute your observations to valuable citizen science databases.

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    Connect and celebrate

    Connect with like-minded gardeners online and in-person to share stories and successes. Enjoy invitations to special events, gardening workshops and community celebrations.

Your Garden Stories

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Meet Dawn Bazely.

Eighteen years ago, Dawn Bazely had a vision for her west-end Toronto backyard: to create a place for her children to play and wildlife and native plants to flourish.

One square metre at a time her lawn has given way to native plants such as Virginia creeper, jack-in-the-pulpit, Michigan lilies and vegetable beds. Garlic, kale, coriander and okra feed her family; perennials ensure a plentiful supply of nectar for bumble bees, wasps and butterflies; the naturalized understory of her back garden attracts American goldfinch, hermit thrushes and white-throated sparrows looking for a veritable buffet of bugs; and at night bats stop by for moths and beetles.

With careful planning and tending, Dawn’s urban garden is an important link to a wider ecosystem, providing valuable services for people and native wildlife.

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