by Nikki Rizzardini
Feb. 22, 2022 — The January District Environment Committee meeting hosted a wonderful presentation from Tina Hall: Rotary club of Decorah, IA, Lead District Environmental Committee 5970, and Past District Governor, District 6220 (2017-2018). Tina has worked for the Nature Conservancy in forestry and carbon work for 31 years, and is a champion for Pollinators. Here are some tips to help your club grow a pollinator garden!
- Do a club “scavenger hunt” around your town to identify an appropriate location for a pollinator garden taking into consideration a watering source. Popular spots can be: (1) around the town welcome sign; (2) cemeteries, (3) church yards, and (4) schools.
- Replace lawns with gardens or remove existing non – pollinator friendly gardens with native, pollinator friendly plants! Perhaps there is a business in town willing to invest in a pollinator garden and have some space to accomplish it.
- Check out Xerces Society to get a list of pollinator plants appropriate for your zip code.
- Avoid big box stores for plants. These have been treated with long acting neonicotinoids that kill the pollinators the plants are meant to attract!
- Master Gardeners can be a great community partner for these projects! They have all the know-how from design to long-term maintenance and must complete community service hours every year.
Tina is happy to present to your club and we highly suggest you invite her! email@example.com