About our Pollination Garden

St. John the Evangelist is putting its church gardens to the service of the environment by transforming its flower beds into gardens for the bees and other pollinators. Plants of particular pollinator value are identified in the garden with a number and name. This tour can help the visitor find plants that could be added to a home garden.

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The Project

Ten pollination gardens in Southwestern Ontario are planted in 2014 with flowers that feed the bees. Three of these will receive an award of excellence based on design, education and community development at Bee Fest, October 4, Feast of St. Francis, at Banting House in London.

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Our Church

For 126 years St. John the Evangelist Church has been a community that worships God and serves the community. There is a vibrant music programme and up to 150 people in need are served a hospitality meal each Saturday evening.

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The Plants for Bees

These plants have been observed to be especially useful for bees, are suitable at our particular location with its characteristics of sun and moisture, and are readily available.

Sedum 'Blue Spruce' with marker

Our Partners

Thank you to generous sponsors: Lee Valley Tools, Floral Express.

Partners include Nature Conservancy of Canada, Pollination Canada, WWF Canada.

Participants are churches in the Anglican Church, Diocese of Huron. In Cambridge: St. James; Windsor: All Saints; Clinton: St. Paul’s; Seaforth: St. Thomas; London: St. Aidan’s, St. Andrew Memorial, St. John the Evangelist, Transfiguration; Huron Church Camp.

The project unfolded in coordination with the Diocese of Huron’s EnviroAction Committee, whose members are shepherding the Church to increased environmental awareness and action.

Funding is provided by the Julia Hunter Fund an endowed fund at the London Community Foundation that supports public gardens based on the criteria of design, education and community development. www.lcf.on.ca

Asclepias incarnata and Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

A Self-Guided Tour of the Pollenation Garden

The pollinator plants are grouped into seven zones, starting with the west facing Wellington Street side of the building, and continuing around to the rental property each of the church.

ZONE A. Wellington (west) side.

  • Campanula carpatica Bellflower ‘Blue Clips’, ‘White Clips’ 
  • Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
  • Lathyrus latifolius Perennial Sweet Pea
  • Lavendula spp. Lavender
  • Lysimachia punctata Yellow Loosestrife
  • Rudbekia hirta Brown-eyed Susan
  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

ZONE B. Around the electronic sign plus the small bed to the west of the doors and immediately north of the sign.

  • Coreopsis lanceolata Tickseed
  • Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
  • Geranium spp Cranesbill
  • Phlox paniculata Phlox
  • Spirea japonica Spirea ‘Magic Carpet’
  • Scilla siberica Scilla (plant visible spring only) 

ZONE C. Starting at the church door at the west end of the St. James Street side and going east as far as the watering tap.

  • Achillea Yarrow ‘Moonshine’ 
  • Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed 
  • Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed 
  • Eupatorium rugosum Snakeroot ‘Chocolate’ 
  • Lamnium album Deadnettle 
  • Oenothera fruticosa Evening Primrose
  • Solidago spp Goldenrod 
  • Syringia x prestoniae Preston Lilac
  • Verbena ‘Lanai’ and ‘Royal Whitecap’ Annual verbena ‘Lanai’ and ‘Royal Whitecap’

ZONE D. East of the watering tap past the tower door to the driveway.

  • Cornus mas Cornelian Cherry (shrub/tree) 
  • Eupatorium purpureum Joe Pye Weed 
  • Liatris spicata Gayfeather/Blazing Star 
  • Phlox subulata Moss phlox 
  • Rudbekia hirta Brown-eyed Susan 
  • Spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ Spirea ‘Goldflame’

ZONE E. Sedum bed around maple tree.

  • Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’ Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’ 

ZONE F. Bed along driveway to the church office entrance.

  • America pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Lilac’ False Sea Thrift ‘Ballerina Lilac’
  • Arabis alpina Arabis 
  • Leucanthemum x superbum Shasta Daisy 
  • Rudbekia hirta Brown-eyed Susan 
  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

ZONE G. Bed in front of window of 284.

  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
  • Sedum ‘Angelina’ Sedum ‘Angelina’

“On that day the Creator will whistle for the bees.” (Isaiah 7:18 – paraphrased)