Originally there was a Butterfly Garden in part of this area on the north side of the Myrick Center. As it had mostly gone to weed and contained several non-native species, we decided to replant it. We also took into consideration the issue of bees...not only that we need to plant species that support the bees, but also we need the bees to support us. There is also an active bee hive used for educational purposes,inside the building, so we are incorporating bees, along with all other pollinators, in the requirements of the layout, structures and plants in our garden.
We have a sketch of the layout. We are determining what plants we need, and how we can obtain those we do not have. The project will start this winter, with plants started from seed. (new adventure) Then, when we can work the ground, we do the layout and hardscaping, followed by the first planting as early as we can get in. A nice, warm, short winter would be nice.
In 2016, we continue to add to the Pollinator and Rain Gardens and also work to control invasives and weeds. The gardens are alive with many different kinds of pollinators including many types of bees, butterflies and other insects.