A Carleton day of service

A team of enthusiastic Carleton students helped turn a field of DSV into a wildflower meadow... by Sandy Garland Just across the canal from the FWG, Carleton University has been a good neighbour to us over the years. Most recently, students have been volunteering at the garden during their annual Carleton Serves day in the [...]

2017-08-16T16:08:34-04:00August 1st, 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 [...]

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

Tackling the hardest jobs

by Sandy Garland Yes, it's about dog-strangling vine (DSV) again, our major preoccupation at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. We're making a bit of progress in some areas and noting that many native species (like walnut trees, goldenrods, and raspberries) are holding their own or even out-competing DSV. But there are places where DSV is so [...]

2018-01-02T18:57:30-05:00August 7th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

More tree planting

by Sandy Garland Although last Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year, Ted, Kate, Catrina, Melanie, and Mirko all arrived ready to work. We had decided to plant more trees - not the best time of year for this activity, but we needed to get the trees into the ground where they [...]

2018-01-02T18:59:15-05:00August 1st, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Double header – two volunteer groups in one day

by Sandy Garland Yes, despite the threatened thunderstorms, both the Tuesday group and a crew of people involved in the Learning Garden at Ottawa U came to work in our Old Woodlot the same day. In the afternoon, Derek and Mirko tackled the milkweed field with scythes. Despite the hot, humid weather, they succeeded in [...]

2018-01-02T19:01:57-05:00July 12th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Treasure hunting in the Old Woodlot

by Sandy Garland It may be easy to see this young tree, but can you see the other smaller ones in the background? Stakes help. This Tuesday, we took a break from scything DSV and went on a bit of a treasure hunt. Ted pointed out that as he's been weeding he's coming [...]

2018-01-02T19:04:58-05:00June 24th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

More hands, but still heavy work

by Sandy Garland Tuesday afternoon and time to work in the woods again. With all the rain, things have changed considerably since the last blog post 2 weeks ago. Jewelweed is still dominating the whole area, but the trees planted this year and last are doing well and lots of wildflowers are popping up. Despite [...]

2018-01-02T19:04:45-05:00June 16th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Scythes vs. dog-strangling vine

by Sandy Garland Tuesday-in-the-woods day and my trusty crew of Catrina, Mirko, and Kate arrived right on time. Unfortunately, it looked like rain, so we stayed around the centre for a while watering (the plants that don't get rained on) and potting up more seedlings: Gray Goldenrod and Upland White Goldenrod. As the sky cleared [...]

2018-01-02T19:03:08-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|