The Town of Huntington is located in northwestern Suffolk County, New York, bordering Long Island Sound on its north end, along with numerous bays and harbors. The Township of Huntington includes four incorporated Villages (Northport, Asharoken, Lloyd Harbor, and Huntington Bay) and several prominent unincorporated hamlets (Cold Spring Harbor, Elwood, Huntington, Huntington Station, South Huntington, Melville, East Northport, Halesite, Dix Hills, Centerport, Greenlawn, and Fort Salonga).
The Huntington Pollinator Pathway Project is part of a larger initiative of the Suffolk Alliance for Pollinators (SAP). SAP is a coalition of local groups making Suffolk County a greener pollinator corridor through good gardening practices. The SAP goal is to amplify the efforts of many groups helping residents, towns and communities become part of the growing regional initiative led by the Pollinator Pathway.
JOIN US! You can be part of the Pollinator Pathway Town of Huntington. Simply:
ADD a few more natives--trees, shrubs, and flowers that are adapted to local conditions are the best food sources for native pollinators and often require less water. Information on New York/Long Island natives can be found on Cornell Cooperative Extension | Pollinator Support (ccesuffolk.org).
ADD your Garden to the Pollinator Pathway Map •REDUCE the size of your lawn and mow less often.
AVOID chemical fertilizers and pesticides -- they’re not healthy for pollinators or anyone else.
LEAVE the leaves -- go easy on the fall clean-up of beds and borders since many pollinators over winter in leaf matter.
Kubecka Community Garden Pollinator Garden
95-99 Dunlop Rd, Huntington, NY
A Native Pollinator Garden was created in 2022 on the grounds of the Town of Huntington’s Kubecka Community Garden on Dunlop Road in the Town of Huntington, NY with donated plants from community members, ReWild, Long Island, and LI Native Plant Initiative. It was created and is maintained by a group of CCE Master Gardener Volunteers. More than 25 different native plant are included with the goal of having continuous bloom throughout the season and offering different host plants for a variety of bees, moths and butterflies.
Greenlawn Train Station Native Garden
34 Boulevard Avenue, Greenlawn, NY 11740
In the summer of 2017, Greenlawn Civic Association and Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) worked with the Town of Huntington to transform an 850 square foot strip of overgrown junipers full of litter into a native garden, our hamlet's "High Line". With dogwood trees, shrubs such as chokeberry and blueberry, and 400 perennials including butterfly weed, bluestem grasses, baptisia australis (false blue indigo), chelone glabra (turtlehead) , monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) and solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod) there is four season interest and wildlife activity for pedestrians and commuters to enjoy. In 2023, an environmental sign was installed by Nelson Pope listing the plants and the pollinators they attract. Volunteers from the Greenlawn Civic (greenlawncivic.org) and Centerport Garden Club (centerportgardenclub.org) help maintain it through the year.
Scudder Park Native Garden
99 Ketchum Pl, Northport, NY 11768
The Scudder Park Native Garden was established to beautify a corner of Scudder Park in Northport. The garden was designed, planted, and is maintained by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in cooperation with the Village of Northport Parks Department. Perennial, drought tolerant plants were selected based on the site’s condition, which is dry, sandy, sunny, and windy. The plants are also salt tolerant, which is important as this area suffered major flooding in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.
Many of the plants are native to the area and once established require minimal care. These plants provide nesting sites and nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects and help sustain beneficial pollinators. Included are Northern Bayberry, Red Bud Tree, Switchgrass, Little Blue Stem, Indian Grass, Yarrow, Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, different types of asters and goldenrods, and many more. Many of the plants were purchased from Long Island Native Plant Initiative and funded with a generous donation from an anonymous donor.
Gateway Community Garden
Gateway Park, Lowndes Ave, Huntington Station, 11746
Gateway Park Community Garden is on the ground of Gateway Park in the Village of Huntington and was created in 2016 as an Earth Day project donated and installed by National Grid volunteers, Town of Huntington personnel, and Garden volunteers. The initial plantings included native grasses, mountain mint and iron weed, chokeberry.
Common milkweed popped up in the garden that year as well courtesy of a neighbor who was growing some in a yard near the garden. Some wood asters moved in as well. A local group gave Gateway a small grant and it was used to purchase goldenrods, asters, Joe Pye Weed, hyssop leaved mountain mint and flat topped goldenrod from LINPI.
At the south end of the garden there is a wonderful Black Oak (Quercus velutina) and a Prunus serontina. Squirrels are planting black walnut trees (Juglan nigra) all over the garden. There is at least one Northern Catalpa in the park.
In 2019 in another Earth Day project, PSEG donated and planted a number of Oaks, one or two Liriodendrons (Tulip Trees) and an Amelanchier (Service Berry) on the Teich House museum property which is part of Gateway Park.
Suffolk Alliance for Pollinators: ccesuffolk.org/gardening/suffolk-alliance-for-pollinators-sap
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County https://ccesuffolk.org/
ReWild Long Island www.rewildlongisland.org
Long Island Native Plant Initiative (linpi.org)
Northport Native Garden Initiative (northportngi.org)