Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail – A Volunteer Project

Helianthus pauciflorus, Rudbeckia hirta and Agastache foeniculum

Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail – A Volunteer Project
Progress report since November 2021

By Diane Daignault, Master Gardner

Since spring 2022, our project members, Nancy Edwards, Janet Epp, Brenda Evans, Sharon Moffat, Joelle Potrebka, Virginia Stephenson, Diane Wall, Fran Wershler, Lisa Wong, and myself have been making positive strides on the project. The group has gathered at the project numerous times this summer to do maintenance on the site as well as planting and watering.

Lisa W, Joelle P, Susan M, Brenda E, Fran W, Diane W. – Maintenance and planting.
Brenda E. on watering duty. The City of Winnipeg set up a water pump for us to water with a very loooong hose.

Last year’s plantings have leaped when they should have creeped! We were surprised and very happy to see this considering it has only been the first year. We can also thank Mother Nature for all the moisture and hot temperatures this year.

Stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus) and wolf willow (Eleagnus commutata)

With the native pollinator plants in bloom and the bees buzzing around them, curiosity and community interest has increased. We have welcomed our first community volunteer member! Susan reached out to us and was very interested in the work we have been doing and wanted to be involved with the project. Susan has helped us with maintenance and planting and also provided some native seeds from her garden, Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) and Canada violets (Viola canadensis).

Susan M. community volunteer with Lisa W., Master Gardener

We planted more blue vervain (Verbena hastata), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), fleabane, prairie onion (Allium stellatum), golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), Monarda, harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) and false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).

Rudbeckia hirta

Master Gardeners, Brenda, Diane W, Joelle, Lisa, Nancy, and Virginia have continued to volunteer once a week this summer at the City of Winnipeg Naturalists’ Services Branch in the nursery. Not only do they volunteer to help at the nursery to grow plants for the Sturgeon Creek Project but also for other MG and City of Winnipeg community projects.

Approximately 400 tree saplings have been transferred from Anderson root trainers to 1- or 2-gallon nursery pots. Some of the species which have been transplanted include:

American plum (Prunus americana)
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)
False indigo (Amorpha fructiosa)
Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)
Riverbank grape (Vitis riparia)
Trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Manitoba maple (Acer negundo)
American elm (Ulmus americana)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Approximately 175 red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) seedlings have also been transplanted from seed trays to Anderson root trainers.

They have also been busy transplanting 90 blue vervain (Verbena hastata) and Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) from root-trainers to 4.5 inch pots which will be overwintered at the nursery and then planted at the project site next summer.

Stay tuned….there is talk about extending the strip planting next spring!

Published:  November 2022