Pollinator Paradise Certification Application
Thank you for your interest in certifying your garden as a Pollinator Paradise. You and other gardeners are helping pollinators find food and shelter across the city, while promoting Hamilton's unique biodiversity. Tell us about how you provide habitat for pollinators and how you enjoy your paradise. Your responses will help us understand the full picture of our collective pollinator paradise, and how we can better grow the network of habitat throughout Hamilton. Once you are certified, you'll get a free "We're Feeding Pollinators" sign for your garden to show off the incredible work you are doing for nature. Display it proudly and let your friends and neighbours know what it's all about!
We are also happy to introduce a NEW online toolkit to help gardeners as they begin or improve their pollinator habitat. Visit
to see what's new! Be sure to follow our social media to stay up-to-date about events, native plant sales, workshops, and more.
Organization (if applicable)
Place of Worship
How large is your pollinator garden?
Please choose the current approximate size:
Small (less than 18 m² / 200 ft²)
Medium (18-45 m² / 200-499 ft²)
Large (46-92 m² / 500-999 ft²)
X-Large (93-464 m² / 1,000-4,999 ft²)
Colossal (more than 465 m² / 5,000 ft²)
What pollinator shelter do you have available? Check all that apply and add any further details under "Other":
Bee nest box
Wood or leaf piles
Rocks/logs for sunning
Please estimate the number of native plants per square metre in your Pollinator Paradise. Depending on the species and size of the plants, densities of 2-10 plants per square metre are probably the most effective. Please estimate the percentage of plants that are native to southern Ontario. Native Plants % Exotic Plants %. Learn a bit more about the difference on our website here:
What kinds of native plants do you have?
No need to list them all, but let us know some of your favourites!
Have you provided a water source for pollinators that is regularly changed? Includes puddles, flat rock, or shallow dish filled with water.
Please indicate which actions you have taken (or will take) to maintain your Pollinator Paradise. Check all that apply:
Add other features (e.g. fruit feeders, bee nesting boxes, other plants, etc.)
Eliminate the use of pesticides
Manage the density of the plot by thinning (removing plants to minimize crowding)
Mulch around the base of plants to reduce the growth of weeds and retain water
Remove invasive species from the site
Use natural compost for fertilization
Water the plot as needed to maintain growth
Are you aware of invasive species, such as Periwinkle and English Ivy, growing in your garden? If so, are you taking steps to remove them, or looking for resources to learn more?
Read up on invasive species and find alternatives here:
What else would you like to tell us about your Pollinator Paradise?
We'd love to hear how things are growing and how you enjoy your space!
How did you hear about the Pollinator Paradise certification?
Neighbour's garden sign
Word of mouth
At an event
Share some photos!
Please email a photo or two of your beautiful garden to
. We'd love to see your beautiful pollinator paradise! Your photos may be used on our website and social media to promote the Pollinator Paradise Project and the amazing work going on in Hamilton. We are also working on a story map and would love to include your photos there.
Sign up for our new e-newsletter with ideas, stories, upcoming events, and all things pollinators!
Once your Pollinator Paradise has been certified, you will receive your recognition sign and instructions for submitting comments and/or photos for display on the Pollinator Paradise map. If you have any questions, please contact us at
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