Trees, shrubs and plants sold fast this Mother's Day weekend at the Malcolmson Eco Park Native Plant Sale (Lakeshore and Niagara street St. Catharines). Residents were curious and eager to try growing what rightfully belongs to the land. It's purpose - to bridge the gap between ecology and residential gardening.
By the time I arrived most plants were already sold, but I was still able investigate quite a few native plants and meet some friendly and interesting people at the same time.
Veronica Clarke-Hanik, former Toronto resident explained she was a freelance landscaper servicing the tight spaces and window gardens of urban Toronto. After moving to St. Catharines, she continues to spend much of her time in the garden as well as a volunteer at the Eco park.
The staff at Malcolmson quickly scooped up Doug Walls along with his wife Clair when they realized Doug's coordinator abilities as a former school principal. Dough found his place as a coach and educator to children; teaching them about nature and the environment. There is a place for everyone at the eco park, Doug explained. You don't have to be a plant expert. Where some are nearly fluent in botanical latin, others have beneficial strengths in other areas. Students, Colleges and researchers actively preserve and learn from the land.
It's strange, but many of us, even some working at the eco park struggle to identify the variety of native plants that grow in abundance in our local Carolinian forest and grasslands, yet they can add much to the landscape in beauty, pollination, medicine and food. Below is a list of some of the Native trees and plants that were being sold:Trees & Shrubs: