Giving Thanks: Pollinator pathway planting

To the Editor:

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who made our Earth Day Pollinator Pathway event a huge success. We had 50 volunteers plant close to 200 native pollinator-friendly plants, shrubs and trees at our first five sites: the Aldrich Museum, Casagmo, Jesse Lee Church, Keeler Tavern, and St. Stephen’s Church.  

There were two other events related to the Pathway planting — our thanks to the National Charity League, who planted zinnia and cosmos seeds in pots for volunteers to take home, and to Kristin Quell-Garguilo, from RACE, who held a planting program for young children at Ballard Greenhouse.

The Ridgefield Rotary, the Conservation Commission, REI in Norwalk, and the NRWA provided funding for the plants, and REI also gave the volunteers  lunch and T-shirts. EarthTones Native Plants Nursery in Woodbury and Roth’s Nursery in Armonk discounted the plants, and Steve’s Bagels discounted lunch. The Ridgefield Press wrote a wonderful article on the importance of pollinators, and the Ridgefield Public Library partnered with us to publicize the planting, our panel discussion and registration for both events, and the Community Center gave us space to gather.

Groups who provided volunteers included the National Charity League, St. Stephen’s confirmation class and Boy Scout Troop 76 and several Girl Scouts.

The supporting partners of the Pollinator Pathway are the Caudatowa Garden Club, the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, the Norwalk River Watershed Association, the Norwalk River Valley Trail, RACE, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, the Ridgefield Garden Club, the Ridgefield Public Library, and the Woodcock Nature Center.

Please try to visit these sites in the coming months — to check on the beautiful plants and the pollinators (birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and solitary bees) visiting the Pathway.

Jana Hogan, RGC, NRWA, WNC

Kitsey Snow, RCC, RGC, NRWA

Louise Washer, NRWA