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Pollinator Pathway

Southwest Center City Philadelphia

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Welcome to the Southwest Center City Philadelphia Pollinator Pathway! 

A Pollinator Pathway is a hyper-local network of native plant gardens, grown without pesticides, that provide nutrition and habitat for pollinating insects and birds. Even the smallest green spaces, like sidewalk planters and curb strips, can be part of a Pollinator Pathway. 

The Southwest Center City Pollinator Pathway is the newest member of this nationwide movement. The boundaries of the Southwest Center City neighborhood in Philadelphia are South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and the Schuylkill River. (We welcome others in Center City, South Philly, and beyond to join the Pollinator Pathway as well!) 

Through our Facebook group, volunteer opportunities, and participation in community events, we hope to share our enthusiasm for growing native plants in our public spaces and private gardens, enhancing habitat for native insects and birds in our neighborhood, and enjoying the company of our fluttery neighbors!

Julian Abele Park

Julian Abele Park opened in 2008 and was named in honor of architect Julian Abele, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood, the first black graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Architecture School and the designer of the west campus of Duke University.  The native plant pollinator garden at Julian Abele Park was begun in 2023 and is maintained by the Friends of Julian Abele Park and volunteers from the Southwest Center City Pollinator Pathway.

Triangles Plaza
2301 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

The bustling Triangles Plaza is a project of the South of South Neighborhood Association and has been recognized as one of the most successful and popular public spaces in Philadelphia. The native plant pollinator garden at the Triangles Plaza is planted and maintained by SOSNA volunteers and was certified by the Penn State Master Gardeners program as Pollinator Habitat in 2021.

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We are a group of neighbors interested in expanding urban habitat for insects, birds, and other members of our local ecosystem!

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