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Today was an eventful one for the new Library Pollinator Garden. Prior to today Frits, Jane and Katrina Neis (their daughter and a member of the Library Foundation) did the prep work of removing 9 large clumps of irises from the bed. We pulled back mulch revealing, you guessed it, not much soil and lots of hard pan. So to start the day we had 3 yards of super dirt delivered. Frits, Jane and Katrina were joined by one library volunteer, and the President of the Friends of the Library (none from our MGs) to spread dirt, mix in 60 bags of soil-less mix, and recover with mulch. Then Katrina planted the 20 various pollinator plants. They are now in, watered, and labeled. Now, to wait for spring… An added bonus is that the library volunteer has fish tanks and will bring water from his tanks when he cleans them out. The plants should be happy.
A number of people stopped by to ask questions and make positive comments about the new garden, including the Library Director and Library personnel, a home schooler with son to learn about monocots, a butterfly gardener to discuss milkweeds. We handed out several business cards and discussed our website.
We will probably have another workday in November to do some heavy pruning of the cotoneaster existing shrubs. Perhaps we’ll have some extra mulch to apply to the bed to prepare for the winter. The Friends of the Library have asked us to present a program on the garden early next year.
We’re over the hump!
—Jane & Frits--
At Last! The Pollinator Garden is getting started at the Baxter County Library. We are very excited - in part because the Library Staff is so excited.
We will have Library Volunteers working alongside us. The first official workday is Thursday, October 19, from 8 am until 10 am. We have a start up committee of 6 people, but anyone who is interested in seeing what we will be doing is welcome. After the bed is planted (the book drop turn around bed), we will be gathering ideas and making plans to provide education to anyone who is interested in Pollinators.
Jane and Frits
The Master Gardeners have entered into a Partnership with the Baxter County Library to develop and maintain a Pollinator Garden at the Book Drop Turn Around. We will plant a variety of pollinator-attracting plants and develop educational information to include in the garden and to have available for inside the Library as well. We really want to tell people about the plight of pollinators and show what can be done to help them.
Jane and Frits Druff are co-chairs for the project with help from their daughter Katrina Neis, who is a member of the Library Foundation. Other team members are Suzanne Middleton and Tommy Hagan. Kim Crow-Sheaner, the Library Director, is very enthusiastic and supportive of the project. She has submitted a request to the Friends of the Library who have agreed to fund the initial expenses of $300.
We will be planting perennials this fall. If anyone has any of the plants we have chosen or if any projects could spare any, we would love to hear from you. The plants include: Milkweeds other that butterfly weed (we already have that growing), Agastache, Rudbeckia, Coneflower, Native Columbine, Baptisia, Butterfly Bush, Bee Balm, Asters, Salvias, Blanket Flower, Yarrow, Goldenrod, Poppies. We want to have blooms for the entire season – plus we will plant other host plants in the bed or close by. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Let Jane or Frits know if you have plants to donate and Thanks.
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