Biodiversity Garden Breaks Ground Under a Layer of Snow



Fresh under a blanket of snow, a new garden took root Friday that will become the  educational centre against  plant evasive species for the community.

The Biodiversity Garden broke ground on the northern section of property at the Sault Ste. Marie  public library with a planting of a tree.

“You have to use your imagination on how this garden will look next Spring” said Sarah Rang, Executive Director for the Invasive Species Centre. ” This will become a space that can show residents and visitors how to prevent invasive species and how beautiful a garden with native plants can be”

The Biodiversity Garden will grow a diverse array of native plants, attract and support pollinators, as well as actively absorb and hold groundwater, keeping it out of storm drains. The garden will also showcase how residents can do the same in their own gardens.

The Invasive Species centre is launching this initiative with the partnerships of the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Public Library.

Matthew MacDonald, CEO at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library tells /ONNtv, that the garden will not only be a place where people can relax and read a book, but the Library is also taking on an educational component when it comes to the biodiversity of planting a garden.

The short ceremony included Matthew Shoemaker, representing the city and Sault MPP Ross Romano.

“and these are real concerns  that we see on a regular basis, you just have to look at our downtown and what happened to the trees that lined queen street”  Romano said.

The Invasive Species Centre is a not for profit organization that prevents the spread of invasive species in Canada and beyond by connecting with stakeholders to catalyze invasive species.

For now the garden will sit idle for the winter months, but come the Spring, volunteers will be planting native plants to encourage residents how your own garden can become not only a beautiful sight but, one that will help the environment at the same time.