November 25, 2011

For immediate distribution


Reserve Your Sea Lyme Grass for Planting Next summer

Grand-Métis, November 25, 2011. The Reford Gardens invite citizens, environmental groups and municipalities to reserve sea lyme grass plants to stabilize the banks of the St. Lawrence next year. Sea lyme grass (Elymus arenarius) is a native plant that plays an important role in the ecology of the shoreline of the St. Lawrence, as it helps to stabilize the banks with its extensive root system. This solution is less expensive than stone berms and is an ecological way to combat shoreline erosion with native species. 

This sprig the Reford Gardens will undertake a new production of plants for those who wish to use ecological method of their shorelines. Interested persons are invited to reserve their plants now. Plants are available at a cost of $1 each, in trays of 98 units. A tray covers about 6 square meters or 65 square feet.

Success of the plantings in 2011
In 2011, the Gardens produced 10,000 sea lyme grass plants to help stabilize the banks of the St. Lawrence River that were heavily damaged by the December 6, 2011 storm. At ​​the mouth of the Mitis River, more than 5,000 sea lyme grass plants were planted by members of the Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire, students of Norjoli school of Mont-Joli and Des Cheminots-de-St-Rémi school of Price, employees of the Gardens and the Mitis River Park and a group of local volunteers. The survival rate of the plants has been excellent and already contributed to re-vegetalizing areas damaged by the storm and by ATVs and humans.

These plantings are part of a series of initiatives to preserve and beautify the mouth of the Mitis River. Next year, the Gardens will plant trees and shrubs and develop a bike path and walking trail along the Mitis River.

The shoreline planting and protection was made possible with the financial support of many partners: Pacte rural de la MRC de La Mitis, Subventions écologiques Walmart – Evergreen, Fonds d’investissement communautaire TELUS, Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins and Projet Eau Bleue RBC.

For more information or to reserve your plants, please contact us by email at, by phone (418 775-2222) or visit our website:

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Alexander Reford, director                                            
Reford Gardens                                                                               
418 775-2222, poste 222




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