Guelph Lake installing new pollinator garden

TDI International of Guelph was awarded a contract to create a pollinator garden at Guelph Lake Park.

It will be installed on a 3.7-hectare (nine acre) parcel of land near the main park entrance as part of the planned Guelph Lake Nature Centre Complex.

TDI will excavate two ponds and create viewing mounds that will be surrounded by interpretive and recreational trails. These will provide teaching opportunities associated with nature centre programs.

An outdoor classroom and amphitheatre are included in the design, but are  not part of the project.

The tender was issued May 15. There were eight bids on the project, and TDI’s was the lowest bid for $96,000 plus taxes.

A donation of $100,000 from Syngenta will be used for this project. The donation came through the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

Work got underway in late July.

A combination of aquatic and wetland plants will be planted in the ponds, while native meadow plants and wildflowers will be planted in the pollinator garden along with a variety of native trees.