Pollinator Garden at Tibbits Park in downtown White Plains
White Plains Beautification Foundation (wpbf.org) supports and promotes Pollinator Pathways in our 70+ public gardens and in our own backyards in the county seat of Westchester County, NY. We reach out to local organizations, businesses, homeowners and residents to help us reverse the looming environmental threat faced by the loss of pollinators. Ultimately, corridors of pesticide-free native plants will attract pollinators-the bees, butterflies, birds, bats and more-and guide them from property to property in the City of White Plains through a healthful environment and then from town to town across our region from the Hudson to the Housatonic.
Our mission: To educate White Plains' residents, the business community and other organizations about healthy yards and pollinator habitats and to encourage all to participate.
Photo: Jim Christensen
Pollinators of White Plains
We are looking for volunteers to help get spread the word. Here are some tasks :
- Become an ambassador in your neighborhood to share information about gardening practices that are pollinator friendly.
- Identify topics of most interest to residents for a speakers series.
- Help with grant procurement.
- Plan and implement an event that will really get attention.
- Your idea here.
Just email us at: pollinatorsWP@gmail.com
Pollinator garden at the entrance to White Plains City Hall, 255 Main Street.
Help us move forward by volunteering. An extensive knowledge of native plants or pesticide-free gardening is not a requirement. There are many varied tasks that need to be done, and we will match the project to your interests. School programs, native garden identification and social media coverage are just a few of the volunteer needs. Collaborators welcome too - interested non-profits, businesses, schools, other institutions and organizations. Contact us at "pollinatorsWP@gmail.com".
What makes a healthy habitat for pollinators?
In addition to planting pesticide/herbicide-free spaces of native plants - even small green areas like flower boxes and curb strips - start managing invasive species; reducing lawn areas, a wasteland for most wildlife; and following recommendations for minimal fall cleanup.
Contact us at pollinatorsWP@gmail.com
Thanks to the Norwalk River Watershed Assn., Terry Hanson, and Nancy Giges for additional photos.