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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

learn more
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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Garden Cover ImageTuckaseege 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.

Follow us on Facebook to receive updates and information on upcoming Volunteer Days!  @TuckParkPollinatorGarden


EXCITING NEWS!

A new citizen science program for North Carolinians has launched...
The Great Southeast Pollinator CensusPollinator Census

It was started by Dr. Becky Griffin at UGA Extension in 2019 and it has expanded across Georgia, into South Carolina and now to North Carolina! Unlike iNaturalist or Bumble Bee Watch or Monarch Watch, this is a one-time contribution type program where citizen scientists of all ages and types observe pollinators once during a two-day sampling period. This narrow, structured window allows scientists to see a concentrated snapshot in time across a wide geographic area.

To register for the webinar and learn more, visit: https://go.ncsu.edu/gsepcinnc2023

Mar your calendars for June 7 to learn about how you, your Master Gardeners (if you have them), and your community partners can participate in the 2023 Great Southeast Pollinator Census!


Garden Sculpture: "Spirit of the River"Pollinator Garden at Tuck Park COLLAGE
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.

Access the Tuckaseege Park Plant List here.


Resources

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 logoPollinator Partnership Curriculums (grades pre-K through 12) | Access the guide here.

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