If you walked along the Greenway in the late summer or fall, you may have noticed what appeared to be a bed of straw just off the trail west of St.Mary’s Rd. What could the purpose of that be? Let us tell you!
The bed of straw is actually a wildflower garden plot, planted by a new organization called Winnipeg Wildflower Project. The garden plot contains several different varieties of wildflowers and grasses sourced from Prairie Originals, and the straw helps the young plants get established by suppressing weeds and preserving soil moisture. Once established, seed from the plot will be collected to grow native grasses and wildflowers elsewhere in the city
Nicole Webster and Kelly Leask, the coordinators of Winnipeg Wildflower Project, approached Bishop Grandin Greenway about the project after their original location, the former site of Crampton’s Market further down Bishop Grandin Blvd, fell through. The plot was established with the help of a grant from Taking It Global in partnership with the Government of Canada/Canada Service Corps, as well as the assistance of several volunteers.
With the onset of winter the plot will soon be covered in snow, but we look forward to seeing the garden develop next spring and will bring you more updates as that happens. If you’re on Instagram, follow @wpgwildflowerproject for great photos and videos of the project as it progresses.
UPDATE (05/02): There is a 40% chance of rain on May 4 according to the forecast. May 4 is still a "go" right now, but if necessary, we will move the clean-up to our rain date of May 11. Check back here for updates.
We are holding our annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 9:30 AM and running to about noon.
There is no need to sign up in advance. Just show up at the corner of St.Mary's Rd and Bishop Grandin where you'll find a sign-up sheet, garbage bags, and a few other things. There will be Bishop Grandin Greenway volunteers on hand to answer any questions you might have.
We hope to see you there. Everybody is welcome!
Big things are in store for 2019!
The volunteer board of Bishop Grandin Greenway Inc held a planning session in January to iron out some of the details of the Bittersweet Way project that we've been working on.
Bittersweet Way is an enhancement north-east of the intersection of Bishop Grandin Blvd. and St.Mary's Rd that includes new signage, landscaping, and a secondary train leading to a circular rest area with visual markers that commemorate the historical significance of the area.
We have some funding lined up and construction is expected to start this spring! There may also be some related shrub-plantings, and of course our annual spring clean-up, so stay tuned!
Bishop Grandin Greenway will be holding its annual spring clean-up on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 9:30 AM at the corner of St.Mary's Rd and Bishop Grandin Blvd.
Boots and gloves are recommended, but we will provide garbage bags, and will have water for refilling water bottles. There are rumours of donuts as well!
Come help us keep the Greenway clean!
We have a new look!
Our website has been moved over to a new, modern platform that will allow for easier updates and improved functionality. The old site served us well, but required manual coding for even the smallest updates.
With the new platform, the content will be more current and interactive. Users will be able to leave comments on the blog posts and contact us directly through the site, and soon we will be accepting donations on-line.
We are still fine-tuning some aspects of the web site, but we hope you enjoy the new look and come back often.
Our September 30 tree and shrub planting went well. 45 bird-friendly trees and shrubs were planted. Thanks to all volunteers to helped, to the City of Winnipeg for their assistance with the planting, to Ron Paul Garden Center, and to the Bluebird Fund for providing the funding to allow this to happen.