Welcome to the Ted Blowes Memorial Pollinator Peace Garden
In 2017, Stratford’s Communities in Bloom Committee created The Ted Blowes Memorial Pollinator Peace Garden. It was a Canada 150 project which recognizes the contributions of Ted Blowes, our former mayor and one of the founding members of Communities in Bloom. It houses native pollinator plants and this garden has attracted many pollinators since it was established. It helps the pollinators by providing valuable habitat and educates its many visitors as to how they too can help. Visiting CIB judges attended its official opening on July 20, 2017.
The opening of the Garden
July 20, 2017
The Ted Blowes Memorial Pollinator Peace Garden is a great place to release butterflies. Many Monarch butterflies are released here from July until September when they migrate to Mexico.
The large amount of nectar flowers and milkweed plants make this garden a Monarch Way station.
Ted’s garden also houses the time capsule created in 2017 for the 150th year of Canada’s confederation.
Adjacent to The Ted Blowes Memorial Pollinator Peace Garden are the beautiful waterfalls and gardens located in Confederation Park.
On May 11, 2018, five years after our former mayor passed away, Ted’s garden became a Peace Garden as well as a home for pollinators. Ted Blowes was working on a memorial garden and unfortunately was not able to see it through to completion. His memorial garden reminds us to remember those who brought us the peace we enjoy in his garden.
During the summer of 2019, an educational sign will be added to the garden. On one side, photos of the pollinators that visit the garden will be showcased. The other side will have an aerial photo of the garden showing its butterfly shape as well as photos of the native plants planted here. A QR code will link to a website created generously by Brilliant Images.
Kids save the day!
In October 2018, one of the benches was carried to the top of the bridge. It was thrown over the railing and found smashed.
Nine year old Serenity and ten year old Tristan decided to raise money to replace the bench. The community came to the rescue and the bench was replaced on the 6th Anniversary of Ted’s passing. The children bought, carried and built the new bench.