There are several benefits to greening: reducing the heat island effect, enhancing air quality, water quality, or the protection of biodiversity. Our urban environment is in dire need of greening initiatives. We strongly encourage the district residents to take action and start a greening and beautifying project, and we will assist you and provide all the resources we have at our disposal.
Food security is an increasing issue in cities. Having access to locally organic produce is important. Having the chance to grow your own food is a chance city dwellers dont always have. In an attempt to make urban agriculture accessible to everyone, Éco-quartier Peter-McGill organizes workshop to build self-watering container for your plants and produce. In addition, many workshops on gardening, germination, seedlings, and other cultivation methods are given throughout the year. Check out the activities calendar for all our activities!
You don’t need a garden to become a gardener, adopt a tree square! The project Adopt a Tree Square allows the revitalization of the tree boxes in the districts. It offers better care to the tree as well as beautifying your street. Contact us to get advice on the feasibility of your project in regard to the location, soil, and sun exposure. In addition, if you’re lucky, we may have plants to distribute!
Trees significantly contribute to the quality of the environment in the city by aesthetically, curbing pollution, improving air quality, supporting biodiversity, mitigating urban heat island and even reducing water runoff. When transplanting a tree, the tree type and location are crucial to ensure its growth. Éco-quartier Peter-McGill is happy to help you and inform you on the subject. Through the city program A Tree For My Neighbourhood, Éco-quartier offers native species trees that are adapted to Montreal’s condition at a reduced price. There are two drives organized per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
The development of green alleys is possible when the residents neighbouring an alley, the district’s population and the Éco-Quartier join forces. Through a close collaboration with their borough, the plans, development and maintenance of the green alleys can be accomplished.
Our green alleys attempt to enhance the quality of life of the nearby population as well as increase the natural canopy, biodiversity and permeable surfaces. It helps mitigate the urban heat island effect and decrease rainwater runoff.
Feel inspired? Contact us and learn about how to get started and benefit from the advice and support of our team!
The Shaughnessy Alley | Seymour, Tupper, du Fort, René-Lévesque | 2013
In contrast to many alleys in the city, the Shaughnessy alley required particular attention for its design as it is still used as a road. Elevated planters were initially implanted, and in 2015, a portion of the alley was landscape to allow the growth of vines and introduce permeable pavers.
The Towers Alley | Towers, de Maisonneuve, du Fort, Sainte-Catherine | 2012
The Towers alley was revitalised in 2012 in order to stop the extensive waste disposal and illegal parking with the landscaping of planters with fruit trees.
The Souvenir Alley | Souvenir, Atwater, René-Lévesque, Lambert-Closse | 2010
In 2010, the landscaping of the Souvenir alley allowed residents to reappropriate the alley’s space and improve its cleanliness. The green border was landscaped along a daycare, to demark space and make the alley usable for all residents and visitors.
The Seymour Alley | Seymour, René-Lévesque, Hope, Tupper | 2008
The Seymour Alley is unique in the district. The alley has a fully permeable surface to efficiently deal with rainwater. In 2009, a community composter was installed to the alley. In addition, the alley was certified by My Space for Life Garden program, a first for a Montréal alley.
The Baile Alley | Baile, Saint-Marc, Tupper, du Fort | 2008
Finished in 2008, this intimate alley is made with multiple perennial species and native shrubs, which produce edible fruits.
The Chomedey Alley | Chomedey, de Maisonneuve, du Fort, Sainte-Catherine
This alley serves many merchants of Sainte-Catherine as well as many residents. The alley was renovated with the integration of a green border with shrubs and perennials.
Green Walls are a simple solution and a great alternative to contribute to the greening of the district. Vines require very little ground space and the affect has many benefits such as:
– Aesthetics, increase property value;
– Protects your walls from graffiti and climate;
– Improves local biodiversity;
– Helps mitigate the urban heat island effect;
– Helps reduce noise echos.
If you have any concern about installing vines on your walls, please get professional advice. Éco-quartier Peter-McGill can assist you in the installation of vines and inform you on the maintenance of these climbing plants. For more information, see the article on climbing plants in the Greening Tips section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!
For more information on gardening and greening consult the The Green Pages provided by Espace pour la vie. You will find several tips and tricks for gardening without pesticides or herbicides. You can also get a guide to ecological gardening at our office: Clean Home and Green Garden.
For successful gardening, it is essential to:
– Select appropriate plants for the environment provided by your location. Selecting the best plants will ensure a better growth and save you a lot of effort.
– Water thoroughly. Plants need a lot of water, especially when first transplanted and are still taking root. Mulch will help preserve an adequate humidity level by limiting evaporation. You can also collect rainwater in containers to reduce your potable water consumption.
– Keep an eye out for diseases, infestors or poor growing conditions. Finding these conditions early will allow you more control over time.
– Fertilize your soil with compost. Compost is a great source of nutrients for your plants. It contributes to increasing the organic structure of the soil as well as improving the humidity.
– Maximize biodiversity. Biodiversity will limit diseases, infestors and poor growing conditions by creating a healthy, balanced micro-environment.
Vines do not damage or accelerate the deterioration of the building, on the contrary they allow for protection against bad weather, temperature variation, UV light and graffiti. Please note however if a wall is already deteriorated, vines may grow in the interstices and augment humidity. In addition, leafs may leave brown stains on aluminium wall coating.
Alternatives to green walls
Different vines have different ways to climb walls. Some use suction to grab onto walls, others produce tendrils to wrap around stems or lattices. Thus, if you would like to grow vines and avoid attachment to your wall, you can select a tendril vine and install lattices or wire stems to guide them.
Do vines require a lot of maintenance?
Vines usually require one trim per year to limit growth, if need be. Your vine may cause leaves to accumulate in you gutter, consequently requiring an annual clean up of your gutter. Lattices can be a great way to limit the growth of certain vines. In addition, the plant requires very little fertilizer, and is resistant to infestations.
How to select the most adaptive plant?
It is crucial to take into consideration the following: growth condition of the location (sun exposure, humidity, competition, etc.), plants maintenance requirements and purpose (aesthetics, to attract insects and birds, cooling, etc.)
The Emerald Ash Borer, a ravaging bug that comes from Asia, has threatened ash trees all over Canada and the United States and is now damaging trees in the metropolitan region. If you have an ash tree on your property, we strongly encourage you to take action so we can stop the proliferation of this bug. To slow down the economic, ecologic and health issues created by the Emerald Ash Borer, the city of Montreal is gradually cutting down ash trees. However, to stop the Emerald Ash Borer, prevention will always be the best solution, so don’t wait any longer. For more information, visit the Ville de Montréal website.