MISSION STATEMENT – POLLINATOR PATHWAY OF LAMOILLE COUNTY (PPLC)
Lamoille County is experiencing rapid population growth and property development of land that once fed birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other “pollinators.” Pollinator Pathway of Lamoille County (PPLC) partner with like-minded groups and individuals to support their plummeting numbers, because their survival is essential to ours. PPLC members are collaborating with schools, municipalities, homeowners, renters, nonprofits, and business owners on planting projects. While all flowers feed wildlife, the key is choosing native species that our native pollinators evolved to feed on. From a minimum of two potted native plants to acres of native plants, PPLC’s goal is to close the growing gap between feeding waystations in Lamoille County and beyond. We want everyone to feel that they can make an impact – and to have a ton of fun in the meantime.
PPLC steering committee meetings happen monthly in Morrisville and are open to the public. Towns represented include Morristown, Stowe, Hyde Park, and Cambridge. If you are a resident of Johnson and Eden, we need you too.
Some ongoing projects we and our partners have undertaken include: revitalizing the Copley Rock at Oxbow Park; creating an educational garden at the Rail Trail Kiosk; teaming up with landscaping businesses and private gardeners to add natives to existing landscapes. Please send photos of your native plant garden with captions identifying the plants and their location. We will add them to this page and create a bigger buzz about the pollinator pathway.
Photo Credit: Wesley Skidmore
Morrisville community garden at 257 Portland St.
This plot contains asters, common daisies (Bellis perennis), foxglove (digitalis purpurea), cone flower (Echinacea), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), low-bush blueberry, and comfrey. The Community Garden plot holds native species we are saving for future joint projects by PPLC and MACC (Morrisville Alliance for Culture and Commerce). These include the Copley Rock garden at the entrance to the Oxbow and the Kiosk Garden where V-Trans and the Rail Trail come together beside the river.
Feel free to visit, but please do not touch the foxglove, which can be toxic. According to Mt. Sinai Hospital, "Foxglove poisoning most often occurs from sucking the flowers or eating the seeds, stems, or leaves of the foxglove plant. If you or someone you are with has an exposure, call the local emergency number (such as 911), or the local poison center can be reached directly by calling the national toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222) from anywhere in the United States." (https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/poison/foxglove-poisoning#:~:text=Foxglove%20poisoning%20most%20often%20occurs,of%20medicines%20made%20from%20foxglove.)
Condolences go out to all the gardens destroyed during the recent flooding.
Copley Rock Garden and Kiosk Garden
The woodchip pile in front of the Copley Rock and the Millennial Tree will be replaced by a garden over the next few months. The woodchips have been moved to the Kiosk Garden, where it will provide bedding for flowers, fruit trees, and shrubs. The photos below show a 6/22/23 pruning party in process. An inventory of existing natives done in early spring, funding obtained, and plans made for an educational garden. Keep an eye out for educational signage throughout this area that will provide rest and entertainment for travelers along the rail trail.
Hyde Park Projects
Elsa French Park in Hyde Park erupts in a wildflower mix rich with poppies, bachelor's buttons, and other annuals underplanted in 2022 with perennials planted by Bee The Change and the Hyde Park Energy Committee. Keep an eye out for a cozy bench at the end of the winding mulch path.
Plant Shopping: Below is a short list of When shopping for native plants in and close to Lamoille County.
1. Morrisville, VT: Cady's Falls GardenNote: Was a nursery but is now a garden open to the public. Specializes in rare native plants, shrubs, and trees.
Address: 637 Duhamel Road, Morrisville, VT 05661
Hours: 10 AM - 5 PM by donation.
2. Jeffersonville, VT: The Farm BetweenNote: Self-described "Certified organic fruit farm and nursery that specializes in hardy and regionally appropriate fruit trees, etc."
Address: 3727 VT-15, Jeffersonville, VT
Spring Hours (late April through May): 9-5 Fri.-Sun. or by appointment.
Summer & Fall Hours (June through October).
3. Greensboro Bend, VT: Lynette's Native Plants, Etc.Note: Native plants, shrubs, trees, etc.
Address: 281 The Bend Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT 05842
Hours: Fri. 10 AM - 4 PM; Sat. - 10 AM - 4 PM. Sun. & Mon. - by appointment only.
4. Wolcott, VT: Elmore Roots NurseryNote: "Specializes in specializes in cold-hardy fruit trees, nut trees and berry bushes."
Address: 759 Symonds Mill Road, Wolcott, VT 05680
Spring Hours: Tues. - Fri. - 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Sat. - closed. Mon. - Closed. Sun. - 10 AM to 5:30 PM.
Summer & Fall Hours: Sun. - 10 AM to 4 PM; Mon.: Closed. Tues.: Closed. Wed.-Fri.: 10 AM - 4:00 PM; Sat.: Closed.
Learn more about native plants here - https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/native-plants
Lamoille County Conservation District
Stowe Land Trust
Morrisville Community Gardens
Morrisville Alliance for Culture and Commerce
Hyde Park Energy Committee