What is a Canoe Garden?
Canoe Gardens are beautiful and environmentally sustainable gardens to add to any backyard or community space. They not only repurpose old canoes that would otherwise rot in landfills, but they create a small ecosystem filled with local and native plants, insects, and pollinators. Due to invasive species, land use changes, and changes in the environment, diversity of native plant species has dramatically decreased. By creating a safe space for these plants to live, we are helping native pollinators rebuild this lost diversity.
Based on a David Suzuki project, the Canoe Gardens also acknowledge the significance of the canoe in Indigenous history with white settlers and the bodies of water they travelled.
Where can you find Canoe Gardens in Halton?
HEN staff have worked on Canoe Gardens across Halton, partnering with local community groups for each project. Read about each of the gardens and learn more about the plants that were chosen for each site.
An Arthouse Neighbourhood Community
First Ontario Arts Centre
1010 Main St, Milton
Sept 2019 – Sept 2020
Don’t have a canoe to plant?That’s okay! Each native species you plant at home, at work, at school, anywhere you can, it all helps protect our pollinators and restores our local ecosystem.
Want to source native plant species for your garden?
HEN is proud to source plants from Kayanase Greenhouse, located on Six Nations land.
By working with Indigenous growers, we are ensuring sustainably sourced seeds and plants. These plants are also locally adapted to support pollinators, small mammals and other animals living in this region.
For support in selecting plants and to facilitate the purchase, please contact HEN staff.