Nault Park Pollinator Garden
A pollinator garden was planted at Nault Park at 325 St. Denis, Vanier in June 2023, with the help of several Vanier volunteers, and the Beautification Committee of the VCA. Funding for the garden was received from the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program. The garden is located on the unceded land of Anishinaabe Algonquin people.
The garden features a large full sun garden on the northeast corner of the park and a small shade garden in the northwest side of the park. Over 250 native plants were planted, with more than 25 different species of native plants. These plants will provide nectar, pollen and habitat for pollinators such as bees, flies, moths, butterflies, wasps, some beetles, and some bird species. Pollinators are critical to safeguard our food supply and to support biodiversity. The Nault Park Pollinator Garden will contribute to a healthier and more vibrant ecosystem in Vanier.
Become a pollinator citizen scientist!
You can help monitor the biodiversity within Nault Park by becoming a member of the iNaturalist project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nault-park-pollinator-garden-vanier-ottawa-on
Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone (Android app on Google Play or iPhone app in the Apple App Store). Then, create an account and join the Nault Park project on iNaturalist. When you’re in the park, take pictures of any pollinators that you see, including bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, flies and other insects. Upload your pictures to iNaturalist and tag them according to the species. It’s important to geo-tag your photos, so the app will know where the picture was taken. Once you’ve uploaded your pictures, you can ask other iNaturalist community members who are experienced in identifying pollinators to help you identify what you’ve found. Collecting data using iNaturalist will help you and your community understand which pollinators are present in Nault Park.
Learn more about native plant gardening
Check out these resources:
- Selecting Plants for Pollinators
- Pollinator & Native Plant Gardening Resources
- City of Ottawa, Native Plants
- Choisir des plantes pour les pollinisateurs
- Plantes indigenes
Plants in the Shade Garden and the Pollinators they attract:
Full Sun Garden
Plants in the Sun Garden and the Pollinators they attract: