Hello! I'm Pauline Craig and I started Lacewing Plants and Seedlings in 2020 with the support of volunteers and a wonderful community of friends, growers and other small businesses in the heart of Grey County, Ontario. I have a background in Biology and Environmental Studies. Lacewing is my second career and my passion. My dream is to help others to care for and regenerate the ecosystems that we call home and to inspire a curious and caring relationship with all life around us. I will be your first point of contact when you reach out with questions or to book a garden consultation with us.
What we call Grey County is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Six Nations of the Grand River, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples. The ancestors of Métis and Inuit peoples have also shared these lands and waters. The people of these nations have been caring for this place for thousands of years and we are very grateful for the stewardship they have given and continue to give to the land and waters here. The territory where our nursery is located is covered by Treaty #18 also known as the Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty.
As non-indigenous, Treaty People we have much more to do and we are humbly learning.
To recognize, protect and strengthen the vital, yet often tenuous links that connect us to nature, to the source of ourselves and to the energy that nourishes us and spreads outward through us to the rest of the world.
We are working hard to support a community of healthy and happy organisms which includes our plants, soil, insects, birds, animals and of course you and your family! We are always striving to improve our business practices to lighten our environmental footprint and show respect to the plants that we nurture.
We source our seeds as locally as possible. Each year we collect more seeds from the wild to preserve genetic diversity as much as we can. For species we cannot find in the wild we collect from our own gardens and prioritize small, organic Ontario nurseries as much as we can. Our wild collected seed is gathered very carefully, following the guidance provided by the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Our plants provide food and habitat for birds, animals and insects that keep our ecosystem in balance - so we only use organic potting soils and fertilizers, and no chemical pesticides. And we sell our plants in biodegradable, plastic-free pots. Whenever possible we strive to not use plastics and we reuse, return or recycle any materials that are not biodegradable.