Horticulture

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion pays attention to landscaping and is particularly innovative in the area of horticulture.

Four-star ranking

In November 2015, the Corporation des Fleurons du Québec awarded the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion four stars ("fleurons"), one more than its score in 2009. Among the positive points in the evaluation report: the quality of our mosaics, the condition of our public thoroughfares, and the Jardin des découvertes. Perfect scores were awarded to Parc de la Maison-Valois, Parc Toe-Blake and Pointe De Lotbinière.

For community initiatives and sustainable development, we earned 160 out of 160! The adjudicating panel especially liked our insect hotel, the little free libraries, the inclusion of artwork in the urban landscape, and winter landscaping initiatives such as converting shrub and tree covers into huge Christmas gifts and using discarded Christmas trees to decorate city parks—proof that horticultural efforts are not just for summer.

Our four-star score is valid for three years. The next competition is scheduled for summer 2018.

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Landscaping at the corner of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and de Lotbinière

Edible landscapes

Two Jardins des découvertes (discovery gardens) were created in 2015: one at the library and the other on Îlot Mireault. These gardens contain herbs and vegetables grouped by theme. Three smaller edible landscapes are found at Promenade Besner, Dorion train station and Parc de la Maison-Valois. Everyone is welcome to come and discover new products and harvest them when the time comes.

Watch horticulture videoclips (in French) filmed in these gardens.

 

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L'escalier des butineurs (the nectar-gatherers’ staircase)

To raise awareness about the benefits of insects, melliferous plants have been placed at the entrance to Parc de la Canardière. A nearby panel explains the essential role of insects in the ecosystem. This is also where you can find the insect hotel, a place for natural predators to shelter and hibernate.

 

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Community gardens

Four community gardens are available during the summer season. Those interested in obtaining a space must register with the Environment Section between March 1st and April 1st of each year. The gardening spaces are distributed randomly, giving preference to people who live nearby and do not have space at home to garden.

  • Jardin des Abbesses (Pie-XII green space)
  • Jardin des Loisirs (Sainte-Trinité park)
  • Bourget Garden (Îlot Bourget)
  • Jardin des Muguets (des Muguets green space)

One of the goals of this project is to provide residents in these areas, who do not have space to garden, with access to healthy food, to teach them the basics of gardening and to give them the opportunity to interact with each other.

Pandemic Guidelines 

  • Physical distance must be respected at all times. Users must therefore avoid contact with other gardeners and keep a distance of two metres from them. 
  • Access to the gardens will be restricted to authorized persons. No gatherings will be tolerated. 
  • Access to the garden shed will be possible and a bin for cleaning gardening tools will be made available to users. 
  • A water outlet outside the garden shed will allow you to water your gardens. 
  • Soap dispensers will be available next to the water points to allow you to wash your house upon arrival and departure to avoid the risk of contamination. 

For more information: 450 455-3371, option 1 or environnement@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca.

 

Good practices

The flowerbeds, planters and pots found throughout Vaudreuil-Dorion contain a variety of drought-resistant annuals and inert materials designed to save drinking water. Similarly, the horticulture team practises deep irrigation to reduce the frequency of watering, which is done with untreated water.

No fertilizer is used in City landscaping in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Fertilization is done with liquid algae concentrate and soybean oil extract. This good practice earned Vaudreuil-Dorion the honour of being one of three finalists for the 2011 Minister's award for ornamental horticulture, in the Innovative Product or Service category (municipality, organization or institution). In addition, all plants are inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi when planted. Over the summer, the horticulture team collects weeds to make compost, used in the fall to fertilize perennials and shrubs.