Thousands Gather to Grow Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden
Ontario Trillium Foundation provides funding to expand local community program at
Go Wild Grow Wild Green Expo
On Friday April 5th at 4:00 p.m., London North Centre MPP Terence Kernaghan, WWF-Canada,
City of London and partners will join Carolinian Canada at Wild Green Drinks to
celebrate new partnerships to grow a green future for wildlife and people from Toronto
to Windsor using native plants.
Get a sneak peek of Go Wild Grow Wild Green Expo with live birds of prey and a native
plant Forest Therapy demo garden. It is expected to draw 4,000 people on Saturday
to go, grow and get green for healthy communities for wildlife and people, thanks
to a strong partnership with London Environmental Network and City of London.
In the Zone – a gardening program to help native species thrive - will expand with
new tools and more partners, thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Currently it connects over 2,000 volunteers and 1,000 sites.
Highlights of the event include:
- Carolinian Canada and WWF-Canada will invite southern Ontarian's to help grow Canada's
biggest wildlife garden.
- The In the Zone program will launch a new tool to help gardeners choose the right
- MPP Terence Kernaghan and Diane Dubois, an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer,
will formally present Carolinian Canada Coalition with a plaque in recognition of
the grant from the Foundation in fall 2018.
- Community partners – meet urban gardeners, rural landowners, First Nations, investors,
farmers, municipalities, businesses who are growing Canada's biggest wildlife garden.
- Michelle Kanter, Executive Director of Carolinian Canada, and partners will share
their vision for healthy landscapes for wildlife and people.
- Get to know your wild neighbours: Ontario's far south, the Carolinian Zone, has
more disappearing wildlife than anywhere else in Canada and the least amount of
habitat. The good news is that many people want to help reverse this trend and now
there is an easy way for people everywhere in the Carolinian Zone to help local
wildlife thrive by growing Canada's ‘biggest wildlife garden', one yard at a time.
- Terence Kernaghan, MPP for London North Centre
- Diane Dubois, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Grant Review Team volunteer
- Michelle Kanter, Executive Director, Carolinian Canada
- Don Pearson, Chair, Carolinian Canada
- Sarah Winterton, WWF-Canada
- Jay Stanford and Linda McDougall, City of London
- Emma Young, Kelly Riley, Theodore Albert and Brandon Graham Chippewas of the Thames
- Maria Ramirez Giraldo, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
- Skylar Franke, London Environmental Network
- Owen Williams, Ontario Invasive Plant Council
- Andre Vashist, VERGE Capital
- Allen Arthur, St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Center
- Vic and Darlene Bernyk, Native Trees and Plants
- Ontario Native Plant Growers Association
- Dawn Bazely, York University
- Garden Club of London
- Master Gardeners of Middlesex and London
Friday, April 5th, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Speeches start at 5:00 p.m.)
At the Wild Green Drinks Go Wild Grow Wild Green Expo Kick-off
Western Fair District Agriplex
845 Florence Street