LTW January update

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Welcome to LTW's first news and information update for 2022!

This is the Year of the Garden as declared by Garden Canada. Thinking of adding some native shrubs or trees in your place? 
 Let's Tree Wilmot is planning upcoming tree planting and other 2022 events. Stay tuned! One goal is to increase the tree canopy of Wilmot. READ Kitchener councilors vote to increase tree canopy by 30 percent by 2050.

Below lists some virtual programs available. 

Let's Tree Wilmot's Fall Celebration (Nov 30/21) video is available. Hear about the history, accomplishments, and future of LTW. Phil Holst, Wetland Conservation Designer for the Mike Schout Wetland Preserve in New Hamburg, spoke on “Transforming the Natural Landscape.” He described the plans for the local preserve, and also discussed how wetlands can help with flood mitigation, a frequently recurring issue in Wilmot and beyond. CLICK to watch.

Wilmot Horticultural Society Membership offers discounts for several retailers and supports its projects in the community such as cultivating civic gardens, planting trees through Let’s Tree Wilmot.  Make a difference by taking part in the committees while meeting like-minded people of all ages.  $12 fee for 2022 can be sent to by e-transfer (with contact info). Email (see address at bottom) or phone 519-662-6778 for other options. 

Trees are great because they
Are important in stormwater mitigation. Have a READ
Provide habitat for dwindling bird populations. Doug Tallamy explains so watch THIS and/or THAT.
Talk and support each other with their own internet. WATCH Suzanne Simard's webinar and THIS one is a short version. 
And have many more roles. Tree Canada

Trees for Woolwich with Nature Guelph has a series of webinars. Have a LOOK

What are your garden plans this year?  Are you interested in a particular type of plant? Perhaps you want to learn more about native plantings or growing your own food? If you have questions, the Master Gardeners of Ontario have a website ( and a FaceBook page where you can get free advice. 

Have nature come to your yard!
Sean James' presentation  Let's Talk Nifty Native Plants can be WATCHED. 

"The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Garden Habitat Certification recognizes Canadians who make their home, school, business or community gardens suitable for wildlife by certifying it as a
“Wildlife-friendly Habitat”. CLICK for details.

Have your garden designated as a
Monarch Butterfly Waystation. Another CLICK!  No Canadian chapter currently. 

This seems a little Seedy!
Looking for seed catalogs? Seeds of Diversity's list of seed suppliers, just CLICK! About 95 percent of the seeds we buy are imported? Carefully check supplier's packages or literature provided if you want local. If nothing is mentioned, the seeds are likely imported. Organizations like and Seeds of Diversity ( are working to increase the use of local and heritage seeds to maintain the diversity of our food supply. 

What is winter sowing? Watch this short WEBINAR that provides step-by-step winter sowing instructions on why, how, and when to start.

Are there aliens beneath my feet?
Healthy soil ensures the healthy growth of everything in your yard. Beneath your feet, “there’s a community down there. There are networks. There are transportation routes. It’s a whole society.” Learn MORE and even more HERE

Go from EWWWW! to WOW on bees and bugs! 
Buzzing around: Great article on how to provide habitat for native bees in your yard. Honey bees often get all the attention but they are non-native and farmed. Our native bees are critical for our native plants but also for the pollination of trees, plants, and agricultural crops. Have a READ

The guardian bugs in your yard are important for biodiversity and pest control. 95% of bugs are good guys. This
webinar is excellent and so have a LOOK! 

Rain, Rain, go away. Come back another day! 
Saturday, January 29, 11:00 am. Sean James speaking on, Drip-Dry - Water-Friendly Plants and Gardens. Click HERE for a detailed poster. Register HERE. (scroll down a bit)  By Grey County Master Gardeners


Keep your fingernails and knees dirty in 2022!

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