The Winning Garden: Pollinator Garden!

Youth Rain Action Storyboard

Post 17: The Winning Garden – Pollinator Garden!

After creating our three designs, we let the community vote on their favourite design. Voting took place online, at Earth Market and in-store at Sheridan Nurseries. Over 200 people voted!

A - Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Garden


Formal Garden

C - Naturalized Garden

Naturalized Garden


Voting was really close, but ultimately the Pollinator Garden came out in the lead. We are really excited to be installing the garden on October 1st!

Unfortunately, there were some limitations, so our design had to change a bit. The landscape architect worked really hard to keep some important aspects of our design in the final design. Click here to see the final design.

The strip of rocks beside the sidewalk will help collect water as it drains off the sidewalk. From there the water will continue down the rock path through the garden. The soil and the plants in the garden will then absorb the water. The rocks lead to the outside of the garden to act as an outlet in case too much water enters into the garden. The outlet leads to the nearby swale.

These are the plants we will be planting in our garden:

  • Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
  • Red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)
  • Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberose)
  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
  • Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Coneflower (exact species will depend on availability)
  • Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • Red October little bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)


Visit the Youth Rain Action project page to learn more or contact Emily Dutton at

The Youth Rain Action Project is led by Ecosource in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP), and Sheridan Nurseries, and is generously supported by the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.