The Champlain Library is offering programs this spring for gardening enthusiasts. Whether you are planning a new garden or would like to try some new varieties, the library has you covered.

The library is offering vegetable, flower and herb seeds to its patrons through the annual Seed Library Program. The seeds have been generously provided by the Vankleek Hill & District Horticultural Society and packages will be available this week. Gardeners are encouraged to take photos of their plants throughout the summer, and submit them to the library, to be posted on its website and social media platforms.

The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada. Last year the Champlain Library was selected by the David Suzuki Foundation and Butterfly Ranger Alicia Heinzle successfully recruitedmore than 30 volunteers from Champlain Township and East Hawkesbury to plant native wildflowers in pollinator plots. This was a fantastic response considering it was the library’s first year participating.

Heinzle is looking to the community again this year for help with planting pollinator plots for the project. Returning members and new members will receive seeds of native plants that are beneficial to the region’s pollinators.


The deadline to register to become a member and receive this year’s seeds is April 30. Interested participants are asked to email Alicia at [email protected] or call 613-678-2216.

The Champlain Library looks forward to seeing how gardens will be transformed into butterfly sanctuaries, and has many books on gardening for ideas and inspiration.