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Pollinator Pitstop Program

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More flowers, less lawn, happy people, happy pollinators!


Would you like to add more flowers to your home?  Would you like to learn more about gardening and nature? Would you like to help birds, butterflies, and pollinators? Join West Vincent’s new Pollinator Pitstop Program!


What’s a Pollinator Pitstop? Butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators don’t stay put – they move around.  Monarchs and hummingbirds migrate large distances spring and fall, but they also move around during the summer.  One garden full of flowers isn’t enough – they need flowers everywhere!


Pollinator Pitstops are small, easy-to-care-for gardens planted with native flowers chosen for their beauty and their ability to help our struggling species of native pollinators.  Native pollinators are declining at an alarming rate. Eastern monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80% over the past two decades. While Monarchs are the face of the wildlife extinction crisis - where even once common species could now disappear – the fuzzy American bumblebee is also in trouble.  It has disappeared completely from 8 states, including our New England states; in New York, bumblebee populations are down by over 90%.


But we can help!  If enough people begin to plant native flowers while limiting pesticide use, we can reverse this negative trend.


 


Questions about the Pollinator PitStop Program and other eco-responsible gardening needs?  Contact EAC chair, Donna Delany at d.delany@comcast.net.

How the Program Works

West Vincent residents who sign up for the Pitstop Program will receive the following information by email: 

 

  • Garden design ideas

  • Offers for free or discounted native plants

  • Tips on how to help your garden to thrive and look pretty in all four seasons from our Garden Club, a volunteer group of experienced gardeners.  The goal is to have a successful garden to enjoy with a minimum of effort!

  • Access to a support group of gardeners all gardening together!  Experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.


Last fall, we prepared our demonstration Pitstop Garden in Evans Park using the “Lasagna Method” – no digging or hard work! We put down layers of leaves and cardboard, which have hopefully broken down over the winter (along with the grass!) to leave us with rich soil that will be easy to plant in.  

On May 24 (rain date, May 26), we will plant our young plants in our Pitstop Garden in Evans Park at 5 p.m.  All are welcome to come and help or to watch and learn.


With the help of the Girl Scouts, we planted 600 Butterfly milkweed plants to give away at Community Day. Stop by the EAC table to pick up a free plant!  Butterfly milkweed benefits Monarch butterflies and all native pollinators.
 
Make your spring planting a breeze, start in the fall!  Check out our latest video:  “Lasagna Garden".  Easy prep in the fall leads to easy planting in the spring.

Pitstop Current and Prior Events

FREE Butterfly Milkweed Seed Event -held on Saturday, January 15 to receive FREE Butterfly Milkweed Seeds! 

Gardening Tips and Instructional Videos

Pollinator Pitstop Home Garden Design and Plan Descriptions - pamphlet containing plant picture, name and care information

Instructions for Growing Butterfly Milkweed Seedlings - step-by-step instructions for planting and caring for your seedlings.

Winter Sowing of Milkweed Seeds Guide - live instruction on how sow milkweed seeds in winter for your summer butterfly bushes. - Jan 2022

"Lasagna Garden" video - live instruction on how to create a "lasagna garden" to enjoy spring flowers. - Oct 2021

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Let’s Grow Together

Sign up to join the Pollinator Pitstop Program so we can start tending our Township together.