American goldfinch (male) feeding on seeds of cup plant in our biodiversity garden in late summer
Nature Conservation Begins in Your Backyard
Biodiversity Gardening is about the conservation of nature, in your backyard. It's easy to increase biodiversity -- the living part of the natural world -- in your yard. Get rid of some of your lawn, and plant native plants. It's that simple. Read more
The flowers of many of Ontario's native plants are small and inconspicuous. Their form is natural; a result of an evolutionary process called natural selection. Most of our common (and non-native) garden plants have larger, showy flowers because they've been transformed by artificial selection -- a process of selective breeding by humans. The subtle beauty of native plants often requires a careful, observant eye, and a good lens! But the role of native plants in ecosystem food webs is essential -- they feed the native animals they coevolved with. See below for the latest additions to our favourite native plants.
Giant swallowtail nectaring on pagoda dogwood, "Cornus alternifolia", 28 May 2017
Last update 12 September 2017
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