Monarch Awards Program Goals

  • to raise awareness of the importance of bio-diversity and the inter-connected web of life in healthy gardens
  • to increase the amount and quality of habitat and sustenance for birds, pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife of all kinds
  • to improve the sustainability of gardens via: healthy ecology; wise water use and conservation
  • to challenge the dominant vision-centered aesthetic in garden design with one that acknowledges scent, sound, and touch
  • to promote creativity and personal expression in garden design, free of the constraints of conventional, human-centered aesthetic “rules”
  • to promote the social value of sustainable gardens as points of collective awareness, neighbourhood cohesion, and community resiliency in the face of climate change.