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Event Recap: Time for Trees at Roxy Park

On July 18th, we were delighted to learn about planting and caring for young trees while adding new ones to Roxy Park! Thanks to a generous donation of ReLeaf trees from Trees Winnipeg and donated labour and wisdom from Justin and Grant of Green Drop, there are 7 new beautiful and interesting trees in the park. The species are cork, bur oak, maple, cherry and mountain ash and are easily spotted since they are staked and protected by wire.

Special thanks to Trees Winnipeg, Green Drop and the City of Winnipeg Parks and Urban Forestry departments for making this event possible – and to all those who attended this casual event!

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Event Recap: Composting 101 Webinar

On June 16th, GeNA was pleased to host a free webinar on composting: everything you need to know to start and get great at composting! Thanks to the knowledgeable staff at the Green Action Centre, about 40 curious participants learned the basics of what you can compost, the importance of “greens and browns”, different options for bins and much more.

We now know the answers to the questions:

  • Can you compost the tags and strings from tea bags? (Yes – as long as they’re paper bags and not the silky fabric type)
  • Will avocado pits ever decompose? (Yes – but it will probably take years!)
  • What is a “compost burrito”? (A bundle of compost wrapped in newspaper, and helpful during the winter or if you’re storing compost in the freezer before taking it to a community bin.)
  • Can you compost pizza boxes? (Yes – just tear them up and use them as browns!)

The event was funded thanks to a generous TD Park People Grant. Watch for another great grant event coming in September!

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“Bee a Pal to Pollinators” Contest – Ideas & Photos!

Big thanks to all who worked at making Glenelm a welcoming place for pollinators this summer! Enjoy these photos and write-ups shared with GeNA following our webinar on bee-friendly gardening.

Above: “We’ve been planting yellow flowers to attract bees and it worked immediately!!!” — Sandy B.

Above: “Just a few pictures of our pollinators here on Talbot Ave.  We moved here 4 years ago and transformed our front into a historical front garden full of flowers and so many beneficial bugs. We also have water available for all during dry spells and for fun I raise black swallowtail caterpillars and release the butterflies after they emerge.” –Deanna S.

Above: “In order to make my garden pollinator friendly, I have chosen plants that bloom from early spring to late fall thus providing food on a continuum for pollinators. 

The first plants to come up are several types of blooming ground cover that attract pollinators (like vinca major and lamium varities) then the peonies and poppies start, followed by the milkweed, bachelor buttons, other poppy varieties, day lilies, hosta blooms, false sunflowers, coneflowers, bee balm, balsam impatiens, gooseneck loosestrife, sunflowers and then the asters arrive in late August well until hard frost.

Besides planting flowers that provide food from spring to fall, I have planted red clover on my boulevard, have a bird and pollinator watering dish, and a bee/butterfly combination house for loner bees and butterflies.

I also cultivate swallow tail butterflies from when their eggs are laid on my dill until they emerge from their cocoons … increasing their population and protecting them from predators.” — Sherryl K

Above: “My family was given a milkweed plant to add to our garden. Lucky for us, there was a monarch butterfly chrysalis attached to it. We kept the plant safe on our porch while on ‘chrysalis watch’ for several days, and marveled at how the chrysalis looked like a magical gem. And even better, we were there at the moment as the butterfly emerged, watched it stretch and dry its wings, and then said goodbye as we released it. It was truly miraculous thing to witness! We can’t wait to see if we get more next year.” — Emma DW

These two videos below were created by Rodj D and his family, who had a “monarch nursery” and welcomed many butterflies into the world this summer!

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It’s Banding Time!

Just a heads-up that Block Captains will be out distributing bright green tree banding order forms in the next week or two.

We’d love for our first neighbourhood-wide banding effort to be a big success so please consider banding your own trees and chipping in to help band public trees on our boulevards and in our parks!

Questions can be directed to trees@glenelm.ca.

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Glenelm Boulevard Tree Project – Round 2 Begins!

The GeNA Tree Committee has begun our boulevard tree inventory to determine where new trees are needed. We are aiming to replace all the trees lost to Dutch Elm since the last round of planting in 2019.

The new trees that were planted last September fared well over the winter and are looking good. The ones on Beatrice should be especially beautiful as they leaf out, as they are flowering ornamentals such as Starlite Crabapple and Japanese Tree Lilac.

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Watch now! Urban Beekeeping & Bee-Friendly Gardening Webinar

Last month, we held our first-ever virtual GeNA event: a free webinar on urban beekeeping and bee-friendly gardens featuring the wisdom of Glenelm’s very own bee and honey expert, John Russell. With John’s permission, we recorded the webinar and have published it on YouTube for all to enjoy.

Join John as he guides you through the wonderful world of bees and how you can play a role in pollination and the protection of the environment. As mentioned in the webinar, here are some great resources on plant choices:

A big thanks to John from all the webinar participants and GeNA!

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Bee-Friendly Gardens + Urban Beekeeping: A Virtual GeNA Event!

Next Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30pm

Glenelm’s resident bee and honey expert, John Russell, will present a free online workshop on bee gardens, urban beekeeping and attracting other pollinators. Learn how to create a bee-friendly garden, including plant recommendations. After the presentation there will be lots of time for questions! You may have met John at Sweets & Seeds last year – we are very grateful for his ongoing support of GeNA. ¬†

We are working out the details of which platform the event will take place on, and will send an email & post to Facebook/website when that has been finalized! Stay tuned!

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