Series II, Post 1
8 July, 2016
Horticulture Help: Intern Pollinator Garden
This summer, UMass Landscape Management is spearheading a campus-wide initiative to provide accommodations for an imperiled but essential inhabitant: the pollinator.
Stockbridge School student interns and the Physical Plant Landscape Management staff will work together this summer to enhance the existing planting beds and lawn area along Governor’s Drive, across the street from the College of Information and Computer Sciences. Their goal is to aid in global efforts to slow pollinator decline and to pioneer these efforts on campus and in the broader community. In recent years, pollinator populations have declined drastically. Factors contributing to the decline include habitat loss and fragmentation, non-native species and disease, pollution, pesticides, and climate change.
Site for pollinator garden along Governors Drive
The area along Governor’s Drive was chosen as a prime location due to its low foot-traffic, high public visibility from the road, proximity to an existing parking lot for visitors, abundance of edge habitat, and opportunities to enhance an already naturalized area.
Pollinator gardens provide ecologically viable habitat to local pollinators and wildlife, offer educational opportunities for the campus and community, and create a visual and informative impact that may inspire others to construct their own pollinator gardens.
Habitat created to attract native pollinator species
The student intern pollinator garden will be registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an initiative launched by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Network, which is a collaboration of national, regional, and local conservation and gardening groups, convened in support of the President’s Executive Strategy to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.”
Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we take each day! Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscape will help restore populations of bees, butterflies, and birds.