Anonymous Donor Gives Golden Valley Community Foundation $10,000 To Build Pollinator Garden At City Hall
October 19, 2017
This summer, an anonymous Golden Valley resident gave the Golden Valley Community Foundation $10,000 for a pollinator garden at City Hall. The project is something the City has wanted to do for some time, says Tom Hoffman, water resources technician.
The donation creates a great opportunity, Hoffman says. A new pollinator garden will not only be good for the health and sustainability of pollinator insects, such as bees and butterflies, it will also be aesthetically pleasing and act as a useful educational tool. When people stop by City Hall, they’ll have an opportunity to see and learn about the pollinator garden and maybe be encouraged to plant one of their own, Hoffman says.
The pollinator garden will be planted as an island at the center-front of the City Hall parking lot. City staff recently removed the juniper shrubs that were growing throughout the site and will plant a variety of flowers and other pollinator vegetation this spring. Lime will be added to the existing soil to help balance the pH level to make it more alkaline and appropriate for pollinator plants.
The Importance Of Pollinator
Gardens And What You Can Do
More than one third of all plants or plant-based products consumed by humans are dependent on various insects, such as bees and butterflies, for pollination. Increasing evidence shows these insect pollinators are disappearing at alarming rates. This trend can be linked to loss of habitat, diseases, pests, or pesticides.
Here are some things you can do to protect pollinators on your property:
- Plant a pollinator garden. Choose a variety of native flowers of different shapes and colors that bloom at different times to provide a diverse and continuous pollen source.
- Provide a nesting habitat. Maintain a small, undisturbed patch of bare ground, which can provide nesting habitat for ground nesting bees. Leaving downed logs, leaves, and flower stems in less maintained portions of your yard can be used as an overwintering habitat for some pollinators.
- Limit pesticide use. Pesticides used on your lawn and garden can have damaging effect on more than just the targeted pest. Use natural predators, such as amphibians, birds, and spiders, to get rid of pests. If a pesticide must be used, apply the lowest effective amount in the evening, when bees are not foraging.