Free bird gar­den tours

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ma­gog

France and An­dré Dion, the au­thors of roughly twenty bird books, have trans­formed their small prop­erty in Ma­gog, over the last fif­teen years, into a sanc­tu­ary for both birds and peo­ple, planted with over one hun­dred species of trees and shrubs, those most ap­pre­ci­ated and needed by our fine feathered friends.

A tour around the gar­den with An­dré, France or Ca­role Lavoie, an­other Ma­gog res­i­dent who has vol­un­teered count­less hours work­ing with the Dions in their beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing gar­den, is a great way to learn why, what, how and when to plant the hun­dreds of nour­ish­ing and at­trac­tive plants that birds love.

“The chick­adees will use pieces of laven­der to line their nests, to keep away fleas and ticks,” said Mr. Dion as he showed me a healthy plant in the front yard that I thought had been planted just for ‘show’. “We have had over one hun­dred vis­i­tors come through the gar­den this sum­mer,” said Mrs. Dion. “It’s just amaz­ing what two peo­ple have done on a small piece of rented prop­erty, in just fif­teen years!” added Ms. Lavoie.

Free tours of the Dions’ gar­den, in ei­ther English or French, will take place on Wed­nes­days, Satur­days and Sun­days, at 1:00 pm, un­til Septem­ber 30th. To take the tour, first call France or An­dré at 819 868-9094 to make an ap­point­ment. They live at 19 du Do­maine, house no. 25, in Ma­gog.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Bird ex­perts An­dré and France Dion, along with their ‘gar­den­ing’ friend, Ca­role Lavoie, seen here in their Ma­gog gar­den, are host­ing free Bird Gar­den tours un­til the end of Septem­ber.

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