Hello Duranders,

With all this warm weather, gardens and gardening are the focus of today’s blog post.  Aahhh, spring – just around the corner! While you’re out and about, why not check out our newest coffee shop, Durand Coffee, at Charlton and Caroline Streets.

Pollinator’s Paradise

See this great article about Elke Goindi, the woman behind the lovely garden at Central Public School.

For those interested in getting their hands dirty and helping to build the “Pollinator Highway”, City Hall will also have a native garden this year and Jen Baker, Manager of the Pollinators Project has asked if Duranders would be willing to help out.  For more details, please email Beatrice Ekoko at bekoko@environmenthamilton.org or call 905-549-0900.

Grand Durand Garden Tour – June 18th

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for June 18.  That is the day the Durand Neighbourhood will be buzzing with activity as we host the Grand Durand Garden Tour.  There will be fabulous architecture, as usual, but the unique opportunity to see into the backyards of some of those heritage homes.  And they are spectacular!  Get your tickets online.  Previous years have sold out, so don’t miss your chance.

Tickets are on sale now and they will sell out! Go to: https://www.durandna.com/durand-neighbourhood-community/feature-events/grand-durand-garden-tour/



Trees Please!

Trees, as everyone knows, give us the shade, oxygen and beauty that are so necessary in our urban lives.  Here is the press release and a link for more information:

Hamiltonians will be able to breathe easier thanks to the
Trees Please HamiltonGreen Solution to Air Pollution Project

Hamilton—The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club (HNC) and Environment Hamilton (EH) are combining organizational expertise in a project designed to improve Hamilton’s air quality through strategic planting of native trees, shrubs and plants in six lower city neighbourhoods.

Trees Please Hamilton will offer unique opportunities for community volunteers to become ‘citizen scientists’ by collecting air particulate pollution data and helping to conduct urban tree inventories to evaluate the health of the urban forest. Volunteers will assist in analyzing the air and tree data to identify priority planting locations where air particulate levels are high and the urban forest is unhealthy.  Community members will then help with selecting tree species to be planted and will be invited to participate in planting events that target these priority locations.  More vegetation will improve the health of Hamilton’s urban forest, thereby improving local air quality by reducing particulate pollution levels, not to mention mitigating the impacts of climate change, creating more shade and shelter for humans and wildlife, and enhancing neighbourhood aesthetics and quality of life.

“We are excited to work on this project which will provide opportunities for neighbourhoods to improve both their air quality and urban forest, helping to bring nature to the city,” says Jen Baker, Land Trust Manager, Hamilton Naturalists’ Club.

“The project creatively combines elements of several projects already underway within each organization and focuses on providing hands on solutions for neighbourhoods to help fix the issues identified by the environmental monitoring they undertake,” says EH Executive Director, Lynda Lukasik.

Over the course of the project, neighbourhood-based workshops, walkabouts and information sessions to talk about the results of the air monitoring and tree inventory work will be offered. Additionally, specific skills training will be made available including how to grow trees from seed, simple ways to reduce your impacts on neighbourhood air quality, and how to strategically plant trees to save energy at home.

Trees Please Hamilton is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The three-year grant runs from January 2016 to December 2018, totaling $345,000. The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca