Why We’re Growing Native Plants

Last week at The World In A Garden, we invited our friend & First Nations Squamish Minister, Eugene Harry, to bless our new native edible garden. As a result of the moving ceremony, we were reminded why we do what we do. We are all connected to and sustained by the earth; we must therefore respect Mother Earth and strengthen our ties through meaningful education and community engagement.

Living in B.C., we should be aware of and engaged in the land’s cultural heritage. The First Nations have lived off of this land for hundreds of years, respecting its natural beauty, showing thanks for its bounty, and honoring its sanctity. We can help preserve B.C.’s history and heritage by growing native edible plants and educating our community about the culture that has shaped our home.

Eugene Harry blesses the native garden

In our new garden we are planting wild strawberries, huckleberries, blueberries, choke cherries and much more. These berries are some of the highest sources of antioxidants and Vitamin C- in short, they do good for your body!

This Sunday, visit our new garden and join us for a workshop on Native Edible Plants. Read below for more information & a brief intro :

NATIVE EDIBLE PLANTS WORKSHOP

Sunday, August 7, 11am-1pm

West 57th & East Blvd.

Redefine local with an exploration of edible plants native to beautiful British Columbia. Patrick Wilson of Linnaea Nurseries will guide participants through the identification, uses and benefits of native edible plants, speaking specifically about the cultural significance of First Nation heritage on our food. Participants have the opportunity to learn from First Nations culture and our own native edible garden! As a thank you from The World In A Garden and their community partners, participants take home a native starter plant and a copy of Organic Gardening magazine. Now we’re talking local!

This workshop is $20/person. All proceeds benefit The World In A Garden. To register, contact Alicia Baddorf: 604-257-5151 ext. 213 | abaddorf@jfsa.ca

This workshop is held outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Native Edible Plants is part of the Seed to Table Workshop Series.

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An Introduction to Native Plants:

What are native plants? Native plants are those that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region, adapting to the climatic and geographic conditions of that region.

Why grow native plants?

  • Native plants have evolved with other plants, so a community of native plants provides a haven for a variety of native (and beneficial) wildlife species such as birds, bees, ladybugs and butterflies.
  • Native gardens require little maintenance- they are more resistant to diseases and pests than non-natives. The leaves that they drop actually act as both a fertilizer and a weed suppressor, meaning that you can avoid using harmful pesticides and fertilizers in your garden.
  • Incorporating natives into your garden conserves water. Native plants are accustomed to the seasonal rainfall patterns that occurs in their area, so you only need to give them some extra water to get them started.
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