Sunday, March 5, 2017


A Pollinator Garden was designed and planted in 2017.  There are two parts to the garden:  1) an L-shaped planting bed containing flowers and grasses on the east end, and 2) a planting of flowering shrubs and trees on the west end.  Perennial and annual plantings were selected to achieve a diversity of flower types, shapes, sizes, and bloom times in order to provide nectar or pollen for a range of pollinating insects throughout the growing season.  Native plants were given priority in the planting plan to cater to all shapes and sizes of native insect mouthparts.  The primary colors in the Pollinator Garden are white, blue, purple, and yellow, with red and orange accents.  The garden features a solar powered water feature and mason bee house.

Pollinator Garden Team
Working in the Pollinator Garden allows team members to observe a diversity of plants that attract a range of pollinators and to see how they perform in a Madison, Wisconsin garden setting throughout the growing season.  Team members learn how to: 
-          design plantings to attract pollinators
-          build a habitat and water feature for pollinators
-          observe & record pollinator activity in the garden throughout the growing season

Bonnie Berg is Team Leader for the Pollinator Garden. Bonnie has always loved birds and butterflies and selected plants to attract them in her garden.  In recent years she has focused on pollinators in general and Monarchs in particular.  Bonnie’s garden was certified as a Monarch Waystation in 2015.  Mary Pelzer provided significant guidance in the selection of plants for the garden and assistance in planting the garden. Mary Pelzer has been a Troy Gardens Natural Areas Volunteer and Steward for 13 years. In 2015, Mary spearheaded the creation of a pollinator habitat at Troy Gardens, designing the space with flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals to attract diverse species.   Working with a team of volunteers, she moved rocks & logs, created areas to hold water, and stratified and started seed for about 200 plants chosen to bloom from March to November.

To join the Pollinator Garden team, contact Karen Allenstein. 2019 continuing team members include:

Mary Jane Kelley4th Year

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