Supporting Pollinators

The City of Brampton is a Bee City!  The Bee City Designation recognizes a municipality’s commitment and efforts towards pollinator protection. As part of the Bee City Designation, a municipality annually commits to continue to find opportunities to support and protect pollinators​.​​​ See media release here​.





 Get Involved This Pollinator Week!


2022 Pollinator Week Photo Contest 

Submit a photo for a chance to win a Native Flowers Planting Kit or 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens Book.


Get outdoors and snap a photo of what pollination means to you. While out for a walk at the local park, hanging out in your backyard or exploring your neighbourhood, take a moment to find pollinators in action. Some example photos include:

  • ​A pollinator on a wild flower
  • A pollinators habitat 
  • A pollinator garden

All participants who submit a photo will be entered into a draw for a Native Flowers Planting Kit or 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens

Submit your photo to 

Start Date: June 20th at 9:00 am 

Due Date: June 26th at 4:30pm  

*Note: by submitting your photos, you grant the City of Brampton permission to use the photograph (and your name) for future Green City or Grow Green initiatives including on, but not limited to, website, social media, promotional material, or other related medium.  

For tips on how to capture high quality photos of pollinators, read Bob Noble's, a local nature photographer, Guide on Photographing Pollinators​.

Celebrate Pollinator Week at the Brampton Farmers’ Market!

On June 25th, Parks Programming and Grow Green team will be at the Brampton Farmers’ Market​ at Gage Park serving free lemonade made with honey from our local bees.​ Pick up a free native seed pack and pollinator colouring sheets while they last!

Visit us at the Market and learn about local pollinators, actions you can take to help pollinators and current pollinator initiatives the City is undertaking, including

  • City and Community ​Pollinator Beds
  • Community Gardens Program
  • Grass and Weed Cutting Bylaw update
  • Don't Mow, Let it Grow Program
  • Parks and Valleyland Naturalization Program
Location: Brampton Farmers' Market - Gage Park
Time: Saturday, June 25, 2022  - 7:30am to 1:30pm

Pollinator Friendly Activities

Tips on How to Support Pollinators

  • Don’t use pesticides and minimize herbicides in your garden.
  • Provide a source of water by leaving a shallow basin of water on the ground.
  • Leave your leaf litter and plant matter over winter to provide shelter and habitat for pollinators overwinter.
  • Spread the word and share the wonders of pollinators with friends and neighbours.
  • Plant a variety of native and pollinator friendly plants in your yard! See below! ​

 City Pollinator Stats


  • The City currently maintains 17 dedicated pollinator beds and 706 perennial beds that support pollinators
  • Since 2002, the City’s Naturalization Program has naturalized over 220 hectares of land and uses native seed mixes, shrubs and trees that provide food and habitat for pollinators 
  • Since 2018, the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program has ​converted approximately 21 hectares of turf grass into meadows​ and pollinator gardens


Supporting and Protecting Pollinators

The City of Brampton implements a number of programs and initiatives that supports pollinators, including:

  • Building and maintaining pollinator dedicated beds and perennial beds that support pollinators
  • Restoring and enhancing natural areas and introducing naturalization into our parks through the Naturalization Program
  • Reducing mowed areas in public spaces and converting them into meadows through the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program 
  • Integrating native and flowering trees into City and new development planting lists 
  • Integrating native plantings in bioswales
  • Facilitating urban agricultural and residential garden initiatives such as the City’s Community Gardens Program, residential Backyard Garden Program and Gardens of Brampton Initiative​.


 Pollinator Plant Lists and Garden Tips

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)
Sun to Partial Shade Friendly
Summer Flowering Perennial (June – August)
Soil: Dry to Moist
Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Beetles

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Sun to Partial Shade Friendly
Summer/Fall Flowering (June – October) 
Soil: Well-drained
Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Beetles

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Sun Friendly
Summer Flowering Perenial (June-August) 
Soil: Moist to wet 
Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees

Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Partial Shade to Sun Friendly
Spring Flowering Perennial (April - July)
Soil: Moist, Well-drained
Pollinators: Hummingbirds, Bees, Butterflies, Moths

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Sun to Partial Shade Friendly
Summer Flowering Perennial (July – September)
Soil: Moist
Pollinators: Hummingbirds, Bees, Butterflies 

Sky Blue Aster (Aster oolentangiensis)
Partial Sun Friendly
Summer/Fall Flowering Perennial (July – September)
Soil: Dry, Well-drained
Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies

Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)
Sun Friendly
Spring Flowering Small Tree (May – June)
Soil: Dry to Moist, Well-drained
Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies
Edible Red Berries

Explore more pollinator friendly plant lists and garden tips from our partners and neighbours:

 Learn About Pollinators!


Pollination: Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower to bring about fertilization. Pollination is the first step in seed formation.

Pollinators: Plants rely on wind, water, gravity, birds, insects, bats, and other animals that visit flowers to transfer pollen from the male parts of the flower to the female parts. These vehicles of pollination are called pollinators.

Animals are one of the most common vehicles of pollination. Ontario has a diverse range of pollinator animals, including flies, beetles, ants, moths, wasps, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies and bees, which spread pollen from one plant to another as they navigate flowers for food. ​ 

Pollinator Friendly Resources