Marie Fidoe was the first landowner to sign on to the Back To Our Roots Project in October, 2015. Since then this avid gardener has been busy weeding, mulching, and preparing areas of her large Esquimalt yard for some of the native plants that were recommended by our naturescaping expert Pat Johnston during an on-site consultation. On March 30, 2016, Marie’s property was the first to be assessed for certification. She was elated to discover that she has already achieved the requirements for Level 1 Green certification. Marie intends to add more indigenous plants when the autumn rains eliminate the need for supplemental watering. If all goes according to her plan, she will likely need to trade the Green sign in for a Level 2 Gold certification sign.
Marie commented that Back To Our Roots is “a great, easy homeowner geared project. I appreciate the knowledge and encouragement”. The free expert advice and resource materials were provided with funding support from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program and Capital Regional District Parks and Environmental Services.
For more information about the Back To Our Roots Gardening For Nature Project, please click here.