MeadowMakers 2023 - Registration Open!

Program Description

REGISTRATION OPEN! 

Join Satinflower Nurseries and Pollinator Partnership Canada to become a MeadowMaker! This is an inspiring four-month program that will guide you through the process of restoring spaces, such as yards and boulevards, with native plants.

All participants will learn bee identification, plant identification, and plant propagation techniques. The MeadowMakers group will receive training by local native plant and bee experts in a series of workshops, resources, and field trips.  Field days will include native plant and bee identification walks and trips to see local restoration projects and parks.

Join this unique program to be part of like-minded people who appreciate our local ecosystems and want to support local plants and wildlife. The group will troubleshoot problems and assist each other in their efforts. A community creating habitat.

All in-person (excluding field trips) and virtual sessions will be recorded and made available exclusively to participants for the length of the program.

Learn more about the MeadowMaker program in the Sierra Club, Capital DailyMillstone Farm & Organics, and more

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REGISTER HERE!

Did you apply for a subsidy? We'll be in touch with you soon. Thank you Island Health and Growing In The City- City Victoria! 

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Highlights:

  • Learn plant identification and bee identification

  • Gain an understanding about local ecology

  • Experience a practical and meaningful way to engage with nature and help protect it

  • Go on field trips and outings to profile projects and natural areas to help in your learning

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

  • Home Gardens

  • Boulevards

  • Lawns

  • Community spaces

  • Septic fields

  • Greenroof

  • Raingardens and more!

 

Additional MeadowMaker Member Benefits:

MeadowMaker participants receive 10% off plants, seeds, and consulting at Satinflower Nurseries!  

  • 10% off seed and plants from Satinflower Nurseries through the year (March 1 to December 31, 2023)

  • 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

  • MeadowMakers lawn sign 

Instructors:

Kristen Miskelly

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

Kristen is co-owner of Satinflower Nurseries and has ecosystem restoration 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

 

2023 Program Schedule at a Glance 

 Module

Topic

Date

Time

Module 1 

Welcome to MeadowMakers (HCP Pavilion, Victoria). Session will also be available virtually. 

Sunday, March 5

10:00-3:00pm

Module 2

FIELD TRIP 1 (Satinflower Nurseries)

Saturday, March 11

9:00-2:00pm (1.5 hours/group)

Module 3

Supporting Pollinators with Your Meadow (HCP Pavilion, Victoria). Session will also be available virtually.

Monday, April 3

7:00-9:00pm

Module 4

Meadow Site Preparation (virtual)

Monday, April 10

7:00-9:00pm

Module 5

Selecting Native Plants for Your Meadow  (virtual)

Monday, April 24

7:00-9:00pm

Module 6

FIELD TRIP 2 (Uplands Park, Victoria)

Sunday, May 7

9:00-2:00pm (1.5 hours/group)

Module 7 NEW! Doug Tallamy- Nature's Best Hope (virtual) Waitlist for Books HERE! Saturday, May 20th 12:00 pm   

Module 8

Growing Native Meadow Plants (virtual)

Monday, May 22

7:00-9:00pm

Module 9

Monitoring and Maintaining Meadows (virtual)

Monday, June 5

7:00-9:00pm

Module 10

FIELD TRIP 3 (Garry Oak Learning Meadow, Fort Rodd Hill)

Sunday, June 25th  UPDATED

9:00-2:00pm (1.5 hours/group)

 

2023 Detailed Program Schedule

Module 1: MeadowMakers Welcome

Sunday March 5: 10:00-3:00pm 2023

IN PERSON

Join us for our first MeadowMaker session of 2023 at the beautiful HCP pavilion, 505 Quayle Road. This is a dynamic session where you will meet and learn from other MeadowMakers as well as your instructors,  Dr. Lora Morandin (Pollinator Partnership Canada) and Kristen Miskelly (Satinflower Nurseries). We will discuss why making meadows is important for conserving and protecting local ecosystems and pollinators on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.  Several 2022 MeadowMakers will share their "meadow stories" with us and are sure to get you inspired for the year ahead!  ŚW̱,XELOSELWET Tiffany Joseph will be opening the day and Tseycum artist Sarah Jim will share about her process making the MeadowMakers logo and guide us through the W̱SÁNEĆ Ethnobotany Trail & Restoration Project at HCP!

Module 2: FIELD TRIP Satinflower Nurseries

Saturday March 11: 9:00-2:00pm

IN PERSON

Join Satinflower Nurseries at their home base Haliburton Community Organic Farm. We will learn hands on about native plant propagation and become familiar with some basic techniques and tools related to growing native plants. Come prepared to get your hands dirty!

Please Bring: water bottles, sun protection, gardening gloves



Module 3: Supporting Pollinators with Your Meadow

Monday April 3: 7:00-9:00pm

IN PERSON, HCP Pavilion, Victoria

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


 

Module 4: Site Preparation

Monday April 10: 7:00-9:00pm

VIRTUAL

Learn about some of the basic techniques used for restoring meadows and creating meadows. You will come away from this session feeling better prepared about your next steps to bring your meadow to life including what techniques you can use, the supplies you need, and timing of activities. We will also help you identify features in selecting a spot for your meadow and tips for developing a plan you can follow.




Module 5: Selecting Native Plants

Monday April 24: 7:00-9:00pm

VIRTUAL

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: FIELD TRIP: Uplands Park

Sunday May 7: 9:00-2:00pm

IN PERSON

Uplands Park is a hotspot for biodiversity in our region and is one of the last largescale tracts of relatively intact Prairie Oak woodlands and meadows in our region. It contains one of the highest concentrations of endangered species in Canada. The biggest threat to this ecosystem is from habitat degradation due to development, trampling, and invasive species. In response, community partners such as Friends of Uplands Park, along with Oak Bay Parks, have been working tirelessly to educate about the space and restore and protect this precious place. Join us for our second field trip where we will explore and learn about Prairie Oak Ecosystems from the stewards of Uplands Park.
With: Kristen Miskelly, Lora Morandin, James Miskelly, Wylie Thomas, Matt Fairbarns

 

 

Module 7: Nature's Best Hope with Doug Tallamy

Saturday May 20: 12:00pm

VIRTUAL

MeadowMakers Book Club! We'll be reading Nature's Best Hope by entomologist and author Doug Tallamy and then he will be with MeadowMakers virtually on May 20th.

 

Module 8: Growing Native Plants

Monday May 22: 7:00-9:00pm

VIRTUAL

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 expand on our March 11th field trip to Haliburton Farm, and dive deeper into growing native plants.



 

Module 9: Monitoring and Maintenance

Monday June 5: 7:00-9:00pm

VIRTUAL

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 10: FIELD TRIP

Sunday June 25th: 9:00-2:00pm UPDATED

IN PERSON

Garry Oak Learning Meadow, Fort Rodd Hill

 Beautiful logo designed by Sarah Jim - sarahjimstudio