FOGs Pollinator Garden

Friends of the Garden (FOGs) is a volunteer group at Western made up of staff, faculty and student gardeners who have been maintaining the St. Mary's Cement Rock Garden for nearly 30 years. 

This year FOGs began planning for the installment of a new Pollinator Garden on campus! The garden is located in the grass strip of Middlesex parking lot, and includes two 80 foot long garden beds, totaling an area of 880'sq. 

FOGs volunteers grew the majority of the plants from seed in the Western greenhouses, and sourced others from local native plant nurseries. Most plants in the pollinator garden are native species to the Carolinian Life Zone, the ecological region we are situated within at Western.

There are over 30 different plant species in the Pollinator Garden! Have a walk through any time to see what's currently in bloom, and hopefully you will spot some pollinators enjoying the space.

This garden builds upon Western's commitment to pollinators as a designated Bee Campus by improving pollinator habitat. Most of us think about honeybees as a pollinator, but did you know that there are approximately 420 other bee species found in Ontario that pollinate? Plus the other types of pollinators like flies, butterflies, wasps, beetles, bats, and hummingbirds! Visit the garden and let us know what you find! Tag @WesternUSustain on social media or send us your pictures at

To get involved with the Pollinator Garden, email Volunteers are always welcome to help maintain the garden and meet fellow gardeners on campus!