Horticulture Programs in Canada
As of March 2016, invasive species councils in six provinces and one territory (B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Yukon) have active horticultural awareness and education programs for invasive species. Two more, PEI and North West Territories, should have programs soon – stay tuned if you live in those regions!
Not a program in your region? Contact you local invasive species council or the CCIS and let them know that you are interested in seeing a program or have questions.
“Grow Me Instead” and “Be PlantWise” programs:
Horticultural programs, such as Grow Me Instead and Be PlantWise are designed to raise public awareness about the impact of invasive plants and the options available when buying, selling, trading or growing plants in terrestrial or aquatic habitats/landscapes.
Be PlantWise is a comprehensive program that uses a variety of tools to educate the public on ecologically safe choices in gardening and horticulture. A Be PlantWise program might include:
- a Grow Me Instead guide profiling invasive species that could (and should) be replaced by ecologically friendlier (non-invaisve) options
- information on how to identify and safely remove invasive species (ranging from fact sheets to workshops)
- a citizen science component for reporting the occurrence of invasive species
- and a voluntary code of conduct for best practices when participating in horticulture.
Others: Voluntary codes of conduct, and Nursery Recognition programs:
Several provinces also track and informally partner with industry professionals through volunteer “best practice” membership programs. British Columbia and Saskatchewan ISCs have produced voluntary codes of conduct that promote best practices for professionals (and home gardeners). The Ontario ISC has a Nursery Recognition program that acknowledges companies participating in the promotion and use of the Grow Me Instead program.
Where can you get more information for your region?
Find more details on each province and territory by visiting Spotlight on Horticulture Programs