Pollinator Garden

A fritillary butterfly visits a coneflower (Echinacae purpurea) in the Harris Center’s new pollinator garden. A complete, illustrated list of plants in the garden is available here. (photo: Meade Cadot)

In 2015, a dedicated group of volunteers turned the Harris Center’s old swimming pool into a new pollinator garden: park in the lower parking area, and there it is!

As pollinators decline, providing habitat for the many bees, butterflies, birds, and beetles that help flowers turn into fruits and vegetables is ever more important. Plant selection for the garden thus focused on both native flowering plants and non-native plants that are known pollinator magnets, as well as ensuring a constant bloom throughout the growing season. Growers were asked if they used systemic pesticides (neonicotinoids) − an important consideration, as these toxins can sometimes persist for the life of the plant.

An illustrated plant list is available here, and you can see more photos of the garden on our Flickr feed.

We hope you’ll walk along the garden’s edge, sit on the benches, and enjoy the colorful buzzing and fluttering of a garden alive with native pollinators!