Landscape Management crews and Stockbridge School of Agriculture student interns worked together this summer to design and build a pollinator garden on Governor’s Way.
In recent years, pollinator populations have declined drastically because of a number of factors, including habitat loss and fragmentation.
Pollinator gardens provide ecological viable habitat to local pollinators and wildlife and educational opportunities for the campus and community. They also create visual and educational impact that may inspire others to create their own pollinator gardens.
Students Sandi Olesin and Amanda Tessier (sustainable horticulture) and Evan Lunetta (turfgrass science and management) worked with the Landscape Management crew to install benches, a water source and plant species that attract target pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The garden is laid out around a bed of river birch trees and has a walkway that loops around and through the bed.
The area, which is across the street from the Computer Sciences Building, was chosen because of its low foot-traffic, high public visibility, proximity to parking for visitors, abundance of edge habitat and the opportunity it provided to enhance a naturalized area.
The garden will be registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge being launched by the National Pollinator Garden network, a collaboration of national and regional conservation and gardening groups to support the President Obama’s executive strategy to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.”