Check out this excellent resource on choosing native plants for Manitoulin-Lake Simcoe Ecoregion (which includes Stratford).

Video resources

Soil texture by feel

A short 4 minute video that provides information on how you determine soil texture by feel.

Making Gorgeous Pollinator Gardens

This 90 minute video is a presentation sponsored by the North American Native Plant Society.

Check out some of our favourite websites for additional information on gardening.

OrganizationWhat they doWebsite
Ontario Trees and ShrubsA website dedicated to trees and shrubs that grow in Ontario
Missouri Botanical GardensGreat information on growing plants
North American Plant SocietyInformation on growing native species, plant sales, seed exchanges, workshops
Garden ProfessorsA blog dedicated to scientific research and data.  “It’s not what we don’t know that causes us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” A quote by Will Rogers that is used to describe their mission.
Carolinian CanadaA website devoted to establishing healthy ecosystems in Ontario’s Carolinian zone.
Savvy Gardeners“offers gardeners innovative solutions, novel ideas, enlightening research and a solid dose of sensible advice.”
Ontario Horticultural AssociationThe website of the Ontario Horticultural Society.  Offers advice, education, newsletters and a listing of events.
Canadian Wildlife FederationTheir mission is to “conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for use and enjoyment of all.”
Stratford Horticultural SocietyThe Stratford and District Horticultural Society was founded in 1878 and  has over 200 members of all ages and horticultural backgrounds.
Stratford Public GardensA list of public gardens in Stratford with maps.
Gardens  in OntarioA list of some gardens to visit in Ontario.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CentreThe website contains a list of over 10,000 native plant species for North America, a large selection of images (copyrighted) and plant lists, including lists for each province.
Pollinator Conservation Resource CentreIncludes plant lists, conservation guides, fact sheets and pollinator information. Includes information for each province.http://
Bug GuideTheir mission: “Using the best resources we have access to, we are creating a knowledge base to help each other and the online community.”
Butterflies and mothsTheir mission: “Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) is an ambitious effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data. You can participate by taking and submitting photographs of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.”
Insect IdentificationA list of bugs and insects that can be searched by province. An American site, but it is searchable by area.
Forestry Service, U.S. Department of AgricultureA website dedicated to trees in the U.S. The information would also be relevant to Canada.
Pollinator PartnershipA guide to selecting plants for pollinators 
Seeds of Diversity From their website:”We are a group of seed savers from coast to coast who protect Canada’s seed biodiversity by growing it ourselves and sharing it with others. Every year, we multiply the most vulnerable seed varieties that we can, exchange seeds with each other, and keep those varieties alive and in cultivation for future gardeners to enjoy”. They also have a data base that lists where you can source specific seeds.
Invasive Species CentreGood resources on invasive species in Canada
Homegrown National ParkA website that promotes Doug Tallamy’s initiative to create linked wild(er) spaces from private land.
Ontario Rock Garden SocietyTo support the planting and care of rock gardens and hardy plants in botanic and public gardens