Here's Mark's story in his own words:
|Illustration by Mark Funk|
The plants that did the worst were the shade-loving species that I shouldn’t have planted into full sun conditions in the first place, such as wild ginger (Asarum canadensis), Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) and bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Some of these species wilted and appeared to have died within a week of planting, but to my surprise, sprouted again this spring. Adding a heavy layer of ‘forest mulch’ (a combination of shredded wood and bark chips) to the garden helped to suppress weeds and retain soil moisture.
In addition to the aesthetic and ecological value we derive from the pond, we have also used it for swimming in the summer (despite having a backyard pool) and ice hockey in the winter, making it a multi-season recreational opportunity.
Mark Funk recently completed an environmental studies degree at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario and is currently studying landscape design in order to pursue his ecological restoration interests.