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Bee a Hero Garden Challenge now open for 2024

Bee City Kawartha LakesKawartha Lakes – The annual Bee a Hero Garden Challenge is now open for 2024!

Held by Bee City Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Action Committee (KLEAC), the Bee a Hero Garden Challenge invites everyone in Kawartha Lakes to create better living spaces for local pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The contest is open until September 15, 2024. To enter, all you need to do is provide a before picture of your garden or container, an after picture of your garden once it has grown, and a brief write-up telling us about your garden and why you chose to Bee a Hero.

All gardens must be pesticide free and incorporate at least two tips listed under the “Pollinator-friendly gardens” section of the Bee City webpage. Include as many native blooms as you can, though flowering annuals like Zinnias also make a great addition to your garden.

Submit your Bee a Hero Garden Challenge application

Winners will be chosen at the end of the submission period. They’ll be recognized and honoured for their great work by the Mayor and Council at a future Council meeting. They will also have a chance to win a gift certificate from a local native plant nursery.

Prizes will be awarded across a few categories, including:

  • Children’s Garden (12 and younger)
  • Adult’s Garden (13 and older)
  • Container Garden

For more information, planting tips, and a native plants list, please visit the Kawartha Lakes Bee City webpage. Please submit any questions to

Looking for ideas or inspiration? Read about the 2023 Bee a Hero Garden Challenge winners.

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