Tuckaseege Park Pollinator Garden
Why are pollinators important?
Pollinators are a vital element in maintaining balance and functioning ecosystems. In fact, without pollinators, 90% of our flowering plants would die off.
By attracting bees, butterflies, moths, bats, flying insects, and hummingbirds to their nectar, the pollen from flowering plants becomes attached to pollinators' bodies. The pollen is then moved from flower to flower, helping plants reproduce through seeds and fruits. Our flowers and many food sources would die off without pollinators.
Garden Sculpture: "Spirit of the River"
Local artist Emily Andress of Awaken Gallery created the sculpture that sits at the heart of the Pollinator Garden. Her vision features a Native American woman surrounded by and holding the flower of royalty. She intentionally chose colors that attract pollinators, such as bees. The entire piece is crafted from laser-cut pieces of mild steel which were then welded, painted, and sealed. At certain points of the day, the light that shines through the bee-shaped hole in the middle of the sculpture casts a shadow on the surrounding flowers. Read her artist statement here.
Pollinator Paradise Garden | https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorgarden/
This demonstration garden was created by Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos of the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The garden features over 225 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina.
Pollinator Partnership | https://www.pollinator.org/
Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides. Learn more about how Pollinator Partnership is dedicated exclusively to the health of pollinating animals by downloading our Protecting Pollinators, People, and the Planet brochure.
North American Pollinator Protection Curriculum Guide (grades 3-6) | https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator.org/assets/generalFiles/curriculum.pdf
A comprehensive pollinator curriculum for students in grades 3-6.
Pollinator Partnership Curriculums (grades pre-K through 12) | Access the guide here.