Greenwich Pollinator Pathway

Mural Garden is Installed

Over 250 native shrubs, herbaceous plants, bulbs and vines were planted in a 300 square foot garden that was cleared of invasive ivy, Euonymus (Burning Bush) and grass. Plants were chosen that could withstand the dry conditions near the sidewalk and the shade of a north-facing exposure.

Greenwich Cub Scouts' Success
in the Hotel Business

October 2021 - Cub Scout Pack 20 partnered with Greenwich Pollinator Pathway to build a new luxury hotel for a special V.I.P. clientele. The hotel was erected at the North Street pollinator garden adjacent to the North Street School and included luxury suites for some of our most hardworking local residents – bees, spiders and beneficial insects.

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Finishing Touches are Placed on Post Road Mural

Muralist Nelson Rivas, who goes by "Cekis" completed the mural on November 29, 2021

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The artist, center, with his assistant Yedi on the right and documentary filmmaker, Jhonny Parks on left.

The mural signature at right signals that the mural is complete.

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The  completed mural will be accompanied by a pollinator garden and an installation in the glass and steel-framed bus shelter, which will hold panels hung to educate passersby about pollinators, native plants and the Pollinator Pathway mission. Along with a short documentary film of the project these elements comprise the entire Mural Project as a celebration of pollinators and the Town's commitment to their welfare targeted for Earth Day 2022.

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    Tips to Pollinize

  • Reduce or eliminate turf

  • Avoid landscape chemicals

  • Focus on diversity of plantings

  • Remove invasives by pulling or crowding out with natives

  • Seek out ecotype seeds/plants

  • Wait to trim perennials until spring

  • Allow insects to forage

  • Enjoy the riot

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Goals, Projects & Maps

Our goal is to create a corridor of contiguous pollinator-friendly properties, which connect existing open spaces, parks, stream corridors, forests, private gardens and natural fields. 

Basic Criteria for Creation of a Pollinator Pathway:
 

  • Connects large natural areas.

  • Addresses ecological and physical needs of the site.

  • Ensures proper plant density to suppress invasive species growth.

  • Uses predominantly native, hardy/drought-tolerant plants that meet pollinator requirements.

  • Maintains the areas pesticide/herbicide-free and uses predominantly organic soil amendments. 
     

To have your garden certified and placed on the map please contact us @ amock@greenwichct.org

Greenwich Proclaimed Pollinator Friendly Community

April 2021 - The Conservation Commission, which oversees the Pollinator Pathway program was pleased to announce that the Board of Selectman adopted a resolution proclaiming Greenwich a Pollinator Friendly Community.

The endorsement coincided with the Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd. 

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Pollinator Pairs

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The Spring Beauty Mining Bee (Adrena erigeniae) gathers pollen and nectar from one plant, Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica or carolinlana.) These ground-nesting and solitary bees excavate chambers often below leaf litter and lay one egg on a cake of pollen sequentially. When done the female seals herself up with her eggs while they pupate through the summer. The adult bees sequester in their chamber until the following spring when the Spring Beauties once again emerge.

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PESTICIDES:
Know the Risk

Pesticides are commonly found in lawn and garden products and are frequently used by lawn-care companies.

Pesticides can be dangerous to human health, especially children, the elderly and the immuno-compromised. Pesticide exposure elevates the risk of birth defects, Parkinson’s and cancer.

Pets can absorb pesticides through their paws and suffer many of the same health effects as humans.

Pesticides leach into the soil and can
contaminate groundwater and destroy soil organisms.

Pesticides can devastate pollinators (bees, butterflies and birds.) Pollinators pollinate 90% of our flowering plants including the fruit, vegetables and nuts we eat.

Learn how chemical pesticides are being used on your property and curb their use.

Pledge to make our comunity pesticide-free for the health of people, pets and pollinators.