The pollinator garden contains a wide variety of pollinator friendly perennial plants that bloom throughout the growing season. The flowers offer the full range of colors that insects and hummingbirds consider attractive sources for pollen. Each year during “Bee a Pollinator Pal” week there is an outdoor “class” held around the pollinator garden that covers all aspects of its plants, soil and its visiting pollinators.
In addition, students learn about the importance of organic gardening and its “living” soil, and have a chance to “plant” earthworms in the garden bed each year—their most exciting activity—at the end of the garden class. The week ends with a butterfly release in the garden and seed packets donated by Holly Hill Farm are given to the students to take home so they can grow their own pollinator friendly flowering plants.
The garden is maintained during the summer vacation by volunteer parents. In the spring before “Bee a Pollinator Pal” week, club members weed, mulch, transplant plants that have “traveled” in the garden over the past summer, and amend the soil with organic compost. It is maintained the rest of the summer by a Civic Projects maintenance team.