We have been certified to the highest standard by the Green Business Certification Program (VIGBC). Developed to help provide a set of tangible actions that businesses can take to tread a little lighter on the environment. Whether it is by improving our buildings energy efficiency, reducing the amount of waste we generate or supporting local charities and non-profit organizations, there are many steps that we are committed to taking to be environmental stewards. Being certified means that we are actively involved in measuring our operational performance while identifying opportunities to improve it and take action.
BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL
In a garden the size of ours it is impossible to have no plant pests, as they are a natural part of an ecosystem. When we do have a population increase in a certain pest species, we introduce beneficial insects that eat or parasitize the unwanted pests until the population is back under control. We even have tiny button quail working for us running around and eating ants and unwanted soil pests.
IN-HOUSE BUTTERFLY REPRODUCTION
Historically, we have mainly imported most of our butterfly stock from Costa Rica and Asia. We are now reproducing a good portion of certain species on site by growing host plants in the gardens. In addition to increasing our butterfly population, it decreases the amount of packaging and energy involved in shipping these amazing creatures. It also means our guests are able to witness the full life cycle of the butterfly and moth in their natural habitats.
WHERE WE SOURCE GARDEN CREATURES
All of the animals are rescues, donations, or adoptions. We do not purchase animals from the exotic pet trade, nor do we reproduce any. It is our view that the world does not need any more captive tropical animals that are difficult to care for properly and have the potential to live for many decades.
Prior to accepting an animal into our gardens, we follow an in-depth set of credentials to ensure the continued success, safety, and well-being of our existing population.
We value working with our community. It is just one of the ways that we like to give back by supporting our local neighbourhoods.
With your help, every month we donate to a featured local or international non-profits through our wishing well fundraising program. Look the COMMUNITY CORNER sign on your next visit to the gardens to find out how you can help us make a difference in our communities.
2017 Community Partners
You have helped us raise over $10,000 so far!
(for our local charity partners across our group of companies)
In 2016, we proudly raised over $25,000 in support for local and international charities with your help across our group of companies!