NEW Program - MeadowMakers!

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NEW Program - MeadowMakers!

MeadowMakers Program

Community Creating Habitat

 Logo design by Sarah Jim - sarahjimstudio

Program Details

Program Dates: April 4th to October 17th 2022
Hours of Instruction: 18 hours + 2 field trips 
Venue: Virtual and Fieldtrips (local)

Cost:
 $385 for 11 sessions

Did you know that yards and boulevards can be thriving ecosystems, alive with birds, pollinators, and other wildlife? By changing turf grass into meadow and other types of habitat, your boulevards, lawn, and other spaces can be home to native plants, butterflies, bees, lady beetles, and so much more.

Join Satinflower Nurseries, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and City of Victoria to become a MeadowMaker! A seven-month program that will guide you through the process of rewilding spaces with native plants such as yards and boulevards. Sessions will be recorded and made available exclusively to participants for the length of the program.

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 REGISTER FOR MEADOWMAKERS HERE

Highlights:

  • Ongoing virtual training workshops (eleven total) that will take you step-by-step through converting your boulevards and lawns to native plant and wildlife habitat

  • Learning plant identification and bee identification

  • Learning about local ecology

  • A practical and meaningful way to engage with nature and help protect it.

  • Field trips and outings to profile projects and natural areas to help in your learning

  • Members can choose to have a MeadowMaker sign marking their property as habitat

  • Access to technical how-to guides and resources

  • A community of like-minded people working to create habitat

Potential Spaces Include:

  • Boulevards

  • Lawns

  • Community spaces

  • Septic fields

  • Greenroof

  • Raingardens and more!


 

Program Description

This is a seven-month member-based program that will guide you through the process of rewilding spaces with native plants such as yards and boulevards.

All participants will learn bee identification, plant identification, and plant propagation techniques. The MeadowMakers group will receive training by local native plant, ecosystem, and bee experts in a series of workshops, resources, one-on-one guidance, and field trips. The group will troubleshoot problems and support each other in their efforts. Field days will include native plant and bee identification walk and talks, and trips to see local restoration projects.

The group will receive periodic newsletters and technical handouts to help them in the process. Some activities will be virtual and others in-person, following public health orders. Join this unique program to be part of like-minded people striving towards the common goal of working with nature in our human habitats.

Beautiful logo designed by Sarah Jim - sarahjimstudio

Additional MeadowMaker Member Benefits:

As a program participant, you will become a MeadowMaker Member with official ID card. MeadowMakers receive 10% off regular fees across a range of products and services offered at Satinflower Nurseries (not in conjunction with other discounts and sales):

  • 10% off seed and plants from Satinflower Nurseries through the year (April 1 to December 31, 2022)

  • 10% off in-person meadow consultations to discuss project goals and develop a custom plan including site prep, planting choices, wildlife enhancements, and maintenance

  • 10% off Individual virtual consultations to help you progress through the meadow making process

Plus! Exclusive: plant and pollinator surveys of your property with specialists. Want even more personalized help and attention for your project? We have a number of options for in-depth and customized learning.


Instructors (Your Meadow Mentors)

Kristen Miskelly

MSc Botany, RPBio (Satinflower Nurseries: Native Plants, Seeds & Consulting)

Kristen is co-owner of Satinflower Nurseries and has ecosystem restoration, native plants, and native plant propagation expertise. She specializes in the botany and ecology of southeastern Vancouver Island. Kristen and her husband James started Satinflower Nurseries in 2013, aiming to inspire and empower people to connect with nature through native plants. Kristen has been teaching plant- and ecology-related courses and workshops for more than 15 years and is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria teaching courses in Ecological Restoration.

 

 

Lora Morandin

PhD, Pollinator Partnership and Pollinator Partnership Canada

Lora is the Research and Conservation Director for Pollinator Partnership and Pollinator Partnership Canada, the largest organization in the world dedicated solely to the protection of pollinators and their habitat. Lora has been studying pollinators for 25 years and did an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolution with a minor in Plant Biology at Western University, she did an MSc on pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University, a PhD at SFU on enhancing pollination in agroecosystems, followed by postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley on integrating ecosystem services into agricultural production. She has co-authored books and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications related to pollinators. In her current position, she created the Pollinator Steward Certification program, she conducts research and outreach, provides consultation for industry and government, and works with partners to create habitat for pollinators across North America. Visit: pollinatorpartnership.ca

 

In Partnership with the City of Victoria

 

Program Schedule at a Glance

 Module

Topic

Date

Time

Webinar 1

MeadowMakers

Monday April 4

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 2

Identifying Your Space

Monday April 11

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 3

Supporting Pollinators with Your Meadow

Monday April 25

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 4

Preparing Your Meadow

Monday May 2

6:30-8:30pm

Field Trip 1

Field Trip: Plant Identification and Preparing Your Meadow

Saturday May 21

1:00-3:00pm

Field Trip 2

Field Trip: Celebrating Pollinator Week Walk & Talk

Saturday June 25

1:00-3:00pm

Webinar 5

Selecting Native Plants 

Monday July 4

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 6

Planting and Seeding

Monday July 18

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 7

Plant Propagation

Monday September 12

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 8

Monitoring and Maintenance

Monday October 3

6:30-8:30pm

Webinar 9

Troubleshooting

Monday October 17

6:30-8:30pm

 

Detailed Program Schedule

Module 1: MeadowMakers Introduction

Monday April 4: 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for an introduction to the program, an overview of local ecology and why making meadows is important for the conservation of local ecosystems and pollinators on Southern Vancouver Island.

Artist Sarah Jim will be a guest speaker at this first Meetup talking about:

  • her creative process for the emblem design and the inspirations behind it

  • relationships between art and nature, specifically meadows

  • the importance of meadows from her perspective, how MeadowMakers can make a difference, and relationships between acts of reconciliation and the use of native plants + making meadows ❤️


Module 2: Identifying Your Space

Monday April 11: 6:30-8:30pm

Selecting a spot and starting to develop a plan is very important for your success in creating a meadow. In our second webinar, we will help you choose your spot, going over site types and features that will help you create the right kind of habitat. We will also be bringing forward some key resources during this webinar to start to help you along your way.


Module 3: Supporting Pollinators with Your Meadow

Monday April 25: 6:30-8:30pm

Get to know some of your local pollinators, why they’re important and how to help. This webinar focuses on pollinator identification, the needs of pollinators, and plant-pollinator interactions.



Module 4: Preparing Your Meadow

Monday May 2: 6:30-8:30pm

Learn the hands-on methods to prepare a site for native plants and seeding. You will come away from this session feeling you know your next steps to bring your meadow to life including what techniques you can use, the supplies you need, and timing of activities.


Field Trip 1: Plant Identification and Preparing Your Meadow

Saturday May 21: 1:00-3:00pm

Join us for an in-person meet up for identifying native plants and also look at some of the site preparation techniques and tools for making meadows.


Field Trip 2: Celebrating Pollinator Week Walk & Talk

Saturday June 25: 1:00-3:00pm

Let’s celebrate Pollinator Week (June 20th -26th) by spending time outdoors up close with some of our local pollinators. In this field trip we will practice our identification skills and explore relationships between native plants and our beloved pollinators

Module 5: Selecting Native Plants

Monday July 4: 6:30-8:30pm

In this webinar we help you decide which plants are best for your site and considerations to make when choosing plants. We will also go over which plants are best for pollinators and which pollinators they support.


Module 6: Planting and Seeding

Monday July 18: 6:30-8:30pm

With your meadows being actively prepared, it’s time to think about how you will plant and seed them. In this webinar, we will help you decide on whether planting from pot or seed makes most sense and how to approach each method. Techniques, timelines, and expectations will be discussed.

Module 7: Plant Propagation

Monday September 12: 6:30-8:30pm

Part of the joy in creating a meadow is learning all the life phases of native plants. Many of you may be inspired to try growing plants to increase the size of your meadow patches or sharing plants with friends. In this webinar, we will go over some of the basics of growing native plants and get you started on your way.


Module 8: Monitoring and Maintenance

Monday October 3: 6:30-8:30pm

Learn to care for your meadow and keep it thriving for years to come. In this webinar we will discuss basic maintenance of meadows. We will also provide tools for monitoring pollinators that will be visiting your meadow this coming spring and summer!


Module 9: Troubleshooting

Monday October 17: 6:30-8:30pm

For the last and final session, this is an open discussion to bring forward any issues you might be having, share your successes, and do some plant identification together of what is already sprouting in your new meadows!



So, what are you waiting for?

Join Satinflower Nurseries and Pollinator Partnership Canada to become a MeadowMaker!

A seven-month program that will guide you through the process of rewilding spaces with native plants such as yards and boulevards.

 REGISTER FOR MEADOWMAKERS HERE

Beautiful logo designed by Sarah Jim - sarahjimstudio

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