Pollinator Pathways: Encouraging Biodiversity in Urban Habitats

Get to know the superpowers of native plants and pollinators.

Have you ever wondered why butterflies and birds visit some gardens but not yours? Are you interested in increasing biodiversity in your backyard or on your fire escape? Are you secretly a guerrilla gardener—stealthily improving rough patches that have been neglected or abandoned by others? And are you a slayer of garlic mustard? Mother of bees?

This is the zoom for you. Meet some of the rebel warriors of the grassroots Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group —a merry band of dedicated native plant and pollinator enthusiasts striving to make the world better one yard, one median strip, one public park at a time.

Representatives will guide you through the world of native plants and why they matter, the magical symbiotic relationship that exists among native plants and pollinators, and why this coalition came to be. They’ll share a virtual tour of their native garden pollinator pathways map and help you increase your own knowledge of keystone native plants. You’ll learn how native plants, (including shrubs, grasses, and trees) are nature-based solutions to climate change.

There will be time for Q+A so bring your questions about Cardinal Flower, Joe Pye Weed, Calico Aster, and more. Want to share a garden design sketch or some photos? Bring them to your zoom!

Have you ever wondered why butterflies and birds visit some gardens but not yours? Are you interested in increasing biodiversity in your backyard or on your fire escape? Are you secretly a guerrilla gardener—stealthily improving rough patches that have been neglected or abandoned by others? And are you a slayer of garlic mustard? Mother of bees?

This is the zoom for you. Meet some of the rebel warriors of the grassroots Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group —a merry band of dedicated native plant and pollinator enthusiasts striving to make the world better one yard, one median strip, one public park at a time.

Representatives will guide you through the world of native plants and why they matter, the magical symbiotic relationship that exists among native plants and pollinators, and why this coalition came to be. They’ll share a virtual tour of their native garden pollinator pathways map and help you increase your own knowledge of keystone native plants. You’ll learn how native plants, (including shrubs, grasses and trees) are nature-based solutions to climate change.

There will be time for Q+A so bring your questions about Cardinal Flower, Joe Pye Weed, Calico Aster and more. Want to share a garden design sketch or some photos? Bring them to your zoom!

PHOTO: Rodger Evans

Ruby-throated hummingbird approaching a cardinal flower.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Sarah Wang is a self-taught gardener from Belmont who has gradually transitioned to a focus on native plants. She believes in the healing powers of gardening for the soul and the wider world. She has come together with Jean Devine and a dozen native plant enthusiasts who created the Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group to promote and create more pollinator habitats in our region in response to the significant declines in native pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, wasps, and moths.

Jean Devine and Barbara Passero co-founded Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B-www.meadowmaking.org) an environmental education organization that exposes youth 7 – 21 to the benefits of being outdoors in nature and empowers them to be environmental stewards. We teach intentional gardening — gardening with pollinator-attracting, perennial native plants with the intention of building healthy, resilient communities. Because students are personally involved in establishing these gardens — they design the site, and choose, sell, and install native plants — they have a stake in improving local ecosystems and human health in their communities. This summer Jean will run MS4B’s Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) in Cambridge with 12-15 paid high school students and they are looking for customers! To learn more about MS4B, or request a consult, please contact Jean at jmdevine09@gmail.com.

 

Date

Apr 29 2021
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Time

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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Earth Day

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Online

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Mystic River Pollinator Pathways
Website
https://www.facebook.com/MysticCharlesPollinators

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