June 21st ~ Free Plants from SWCD ~ Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden Plot

29 May June 21st ~ Free Plants from SWCD ~ Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden Plot

Pollinator Plot

Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden Plot

Declining pollinator species such as bees and butterflies, have been getting a lot of attention in the news in recent years.  The reasons for this decline are many, including habitat loss, disease, parasites, pesticides and the loss of native plant species.

What can be done to help increase habitat for these important pollinators?  To support pollinators, one of the hottest gardening trends currently is to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.  These gardens can play a significant role in nurturing these species by providing food, water, shelter and habitat to complete their life cycles.

Loss of habitat and establishing a garden plot with native plants, are topics the SWCD will address at a June 21 workshop.  The workshop, in cooperation with Clayton Garden Center and support from an Arrow Head Country RC&D grant, will include a plant give-away to participants to establish a small pollinator plot. 

SWCD will offer pollinator 6-packs that will cover a 10 square foot plot, to approximately 20 households.  Plants will be:  Lavender Hyssop, Butterfly Milkweed, Pale Purple Coneflower, Big-Leaf Aster, Little Bluestem, and Indian Grass.  SWCD will also provide a workshop and signs.

Participant Expectations:  1. Attend a short workshop on June 21 on pollinator plantings to learn how to prepare your site and maintain the planting.  2. Agree to maintain the planting for 3 years.  3. Place small informative sign about the program at the plot.  4. Send photos of your plot to SWCD, as it develops.

What SWCD Provides:  1. 6-pack of plants.  2. Workshop and resources on pollinators.  3. Signage for the plot.

The workshop will take place at the SWCD office, 217 E Bell Drive, Warsaw, on June 21 during National Pollinator Week.  It will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Space will be very limited.  To reserve a spot, contact the SWCD office at 574-267-7445 x3 or email:  darci.zolman@in.nacdnet.net