The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion pays attention to landscaping and is particularly innovative in the area of horticulture.
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.
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.
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.
Two neighbourhood gardens opened in the spring of 2017: one in the first block of Rue Bourget, near Rue Jeannotte, and the other between Les Petits Mousses daycare and the Coopérative de Solidarité la Seigneurie de Vaudreuil. One of the objectives of this project is to allow the residents of these two areas, who have no space for gardening, to have access to healthy food, learn the basics of gardening and meet their neighbours.
This is a turnkey project: garden plots, tools, a garden shed and even seeds have been provided for the first year. This has been made possible in part through the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, which made a grant of $3,200 to the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion. In return, participants have to sign an agreement undertaking to take care of their garden plot.
In Parc des Aînés, on Rue des Loisirs, a community garden offers 12 plots assigned each year by random draw. Anyone interested must register with the Recreation and Culture Department before the draw. The draw is held around mid-October.
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.