Welcome to SCB’s Sustainability and Issues page! This Committee is run by two dedicated Co-Chairs named Elise Bishop and Minoli Dias.
- To educate the Kingston community about local conservation issues, the science of conservation biology, and to directly contribute to conservation efforts
- Help to develop environmentally sound policy in the Kingston community
- To ultimately make Queen’s, Kingston, and Ontario more environmentally sustainable
What We Do:
- Maintain the beautiful Biosciences Native Species Garden
- Bring in guests to speak to the community about conservation
- Lead events, campaigns, and initiatives to promote sustainability
- Encourage members of the community to connect with the environment we’re trying to conserve by planning nature hikes and outdoor events
Through a lot of hard work during the spring and summer of 2017, they are proud to introduce Queen’s first ever Native Pollinator Garden in front of the Biosciences Complex!
Elise Bishop – Minoli Dias
Environmental Geography – Environmental Science
If you wish to get directly in contact with Elise or Minoli, email email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Species Garden Information:
All species listed below are local wild flower species native to the Kingston region.
Check out our Resources page to get more information on alternatives to traditional (but sometimes invasive) garden flowers.
Using native plants in our gardens is a great way to increase biodiversity and preserve some of our natural heritage. If you have any questions about other sources of native plants or how to do more in your garden feel free to send us an e-mail at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help you out!
|New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae angliae)
|Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
|Spiked Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
|Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
|Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
|Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
|Bottle Gentian (Gentiana clausa)
|Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
| How to Prepare Your Seeds
The most important thing to keep in mind for successful propagation is that you need to mimic the natural processes that cause seeds to germinate in the wild as closely as possible.
Plants produce their seeds after flowering and then go through a long period of dormancy over the winter months. In order to get seeds to germinate you have to reproduce this long cold period of dormancy and this process is called stratification.
Plant seeds in potting mixture in the fall and leave them outside for the winter. If this isn’t an option, you can place seeds in damp potting soil in January and leave them in your fridge for a couple of months. This should ready the seeds for germination and you can start them growing outside once the weather warms up.
We recommend letting nature do the work since it will take up less room in your fridge and it’s less to think about.So, plant the seeds as a fun holiday activity and get ready for some beautiful native flowers the following spring and summer!