The Canadian Garden Council is celebrating 2022 as the Year of the Garden. A.M.A. is proud to take part in this initiative to promote horticulture and encourage Canadians to learn, grow and experiment with their gardens. After experiencing Floriade in the Netherlands this year, A.M.A. has seen how horticulture can capture the public's imagination and inspire people to get involved with gardening and urban forestry. Canada needs more initiatives like this one.
As part of The Year of the Garden, A.M.A.'s team planted a new native plant garden in front of the building on Spinks Drive in Kingsville, Ontario. Plans for the garden were drafted in a collaboration between own Craig Willett, manager of Ellepots and resident native plant expert, and landscape architect Tyler Bradt. They selected native flowers, trees and shrubs, and some natives too.
On planting day, the A.M.A. team got their hands dirty, learning about native plants and how to plant them. The activity fits seamlessly with A.M.A.'s 40th Anniversary theme of Always Learning, Always Growing.
Want to design your native plant garden? A.M.A. has included a list of the full selection of plants grown by Connon NVK and Anna's Garden, Home, and Wellness.
Natives and Nativars in A.M.A.'s garden
- Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
- Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
- Bee-balm or Monarda (Monarda fistulosa)
- Yarrow (Achillia x Moonshine)
- Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
- American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
- Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
- Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
- Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
- Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
- Blue Beech (Carpinus caroliniana)
- Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
- Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
- Inkberry (Ilex glabra)