The Pollinator and Indigenous Education Garden is a partnership project led by a committee comprised of members from Port Perry Rotary Club, BIA, Scugog Chamber of Commerce, Scugog staff, Scugog Environmental and Accessibility Committees, a Youth member, a representative from Mississuaguas of Scugog Island First Nation and community garden enthusiast volunteers.
The objective of this project is to create a natural space with meandering pathways, benches and picturesque lookout points to attract visitors to experience an immersive education garden right in the heart of Port Perry.
An essential aspect of this project involves environmental revitalization which provides an opportunity to eliminate the area of invasive plant species and to re-establish native and pollinator plant species that will create a butterfly and bee habitat.
The educational aspects of this project are two-fold. It will provide valuable insights into the significance of species and plantings for pollinator habitats. It will also integrate key design elements such as Indigenous plants, carvings, historic lake facts and an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. These elements will provide a meaningful connection to Indigenous teachings and traditions.
This area will attract tourists looking for closer connections to nature, environmental learning opportunities on pollinator preservation and Indigenous teachings through plants and self-guided information stands. In addition, the thoughtfully carved benches enhance the overall experience.
The garden is situated along Lake Scugog, tying two significant lakefront trail systems together. Not only is this garden situated to provide stunning views, but it also provides an inviting spot for visitors to enjoy lunch while immersing themselves in natural beauty.
With the Pollinator and Indigenous Education Garden, we strive to foster a deeper appreciation for the environment, biodiversity, and Indigenous culture for all who visit.