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Back Yard Garden Black Locust Trees

By Ted Farnworth Stumps of two Black Locust trees removed from the edge of the Backyard Garden this week. Over the years we have watched the Black Locust trees spread up the north side of the ravine at the FWG. The week or so when they are in bloom has brought many oohs [...]

2018-04-18T00:53:39+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

The FWG’s Amphibian Pond – 2017

by Ted Farnworth   South bank of the pond spread with topsoil ready for planting, spring 2017 The rejuvenation of the Amphibian Pond, started in earnest in the fall of 2016, when a contractor brought in heavy duty equipment to dredge out the bottom sediment and spread it out along the south bank [...]

2018-04-16T13:38:07+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Some success pulling Dog Strangling Vine in 2017

By Ted Farnworth Picked DSV in early June 2017 Most years we spend a lot of time battling Dog Strangling Vine (DSV) at the FWG. Over the years, we have developed many techniques. The most labour intensive method is “just pulling the plant.” This very low tech activity is ideal for many people [...]

2018-02-06T03:09:37+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Plaque honouring James Fletcher

OFNC's historian, Dan Brunton (left), was on hand to provide background when Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment, unveiled a plaque recognizing James Fletcher  By Ted Farnworth On February 15, 2016, James Fletcher was designated a national historic person of Canada by Parks Canada. A plaque to honour him was dedicated on November 9, 2017 by Catherine McKenna, [...]

2017-12-30T21:44:03+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Work on the Amphibian Pond

By Ted Farnworth The amphibian pond has been helped and hurt by the record rains that we have experienced. The good news is that many of the plants that we planted in the spring have done well thanks to the frequent downpours. But the rains have also encouraged rapid growth of many types of weeds [...]

2018-01-03T00:23:54+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Ottawa School Board students visit the FWG

By Ted Farnworth Students from the Ottawa School Board The Ottawa School Board offers summer classes to new Canadians as a way of giving their students more opportunities to improve their English, get more comfortable with a school setting, and as a way to learn more about the city and country they now [...]

2018-01-03T00:29:45+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Our Sandy gets an award

By Ted Farnworth Friends of the Earth plaque The subject of pollinators is hot one right now. More and more people are coming to understand how important these insects are, especially because of the role they play in the growing of many fruits and vegetables. We, at the Fletcher, often tell people that [...]

2018-01-03T00:30:52+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

FWG gets outside help

By Ted Farnworth    Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), The Royal Ottawa, and TD Bank. What do they have in common? Well, each of them has volunteer groups that have recently come to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden to help us. Our regular volunteers do a great job, but we are always happy to have groups come out [...]

2018-01-03T00:32:05+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Visit to FWG by Ontario’s environmental commissioner

By Ted Farnworth Environmental Commissioner Dr. Dianne Saxe (right) talks with Ted Farnworth, Sandy Garland, and Diane Lepage at the FWG On Monday, May 9, the Ontario environmental commissioner, Dr. Dianne Saxe, did a walking tour of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. FWG volunteers Sandy Garland and Ted Farnworth, along with Diane Lepage (OFNC [...]

2018-01-03T00:36:27+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

The jungle never sleeps

By Ted Farnworth One of the activities that we carry out at the FWG is to introduce or re-introduce bushes and trees into the property that will maintain and enhance the various habitats we are trying to highlight. A lot of thought, discussion, and planning goes into deciding which plants should go where. This is [...]

2018-01-02T18:45:09+00:00 September 9th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|