POLLINATOR GARDEN AT THE BURGH BEES APIARY
HOMEWOOD POLLINATOR GARDENS
The Homewood Apiary Gardens include a variety of flowering plants and trees with overlapping bloom periods. In addition to floral resources, we also include many flowering herbs, native plantings, and set aside no mow areas to establish habitat for pollinators and wildlife. No herbicides, insecticides or fungicides are used in any Burgh Bees gardens.
- Integrated a Rain Garden in collaboration with the Audubon Society of Western PA and Green Cities Sustainability Corps we designed, planned, and installed a rain garden in the apiary.
- Installed a 40+ foot bio-swale that connects to rain garden to divert runoff from the bus way allowing it to be absorbed and filtered by the soil naturally.
- Developed initial planting concepts for the Homewood Apiary in 2009; and continually refine and implement these plans
- Collaborated with Tree Vitalize to plant 15 pollinator friendly trees on the Homewood Apiary
- Installed a wildflower meadow
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences: Pennsylvania Pollinator Services, 2.0 – Pollinators and Their Threats.
The link takes you to a 4-page pdf file that identifies critical threats to pollinators and strategies for addressing these.
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences: Pennsylvania Pollinator Services, 3.1 – Pollinators and Their Threats.
This link takes you to a 4-page pdf file that discusses simple ways to create backyard pollinator habitats. It includes lists of native perennial pollinators for sunny and shady spaces.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Landscaping with Native Plants”.
This informative brochure answers the question, “what exactly is a native plant?” It provides a great chart with perennials, shrubs, grasses and trees native to PA.
Selecting Plants For Pollinators: A regional guide for farmers, land managers, and gardeners in the Eastern broadleaf forest. A North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC–www.nappc.org) and Pollinator Partnership™ An exceptional publication available at:
USDA Plants Database and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center plants database are exceptional resources. Search for each plant by family and then use the range maps and plant descriptions to choose native species that are the best match for your area and conditions.
- Purchase of native plants to complete bio swale and monitor/adjust rain garden
- Construction of small benches on side of new raised garden bed
- Construction of at least one raised bed for an edible garden
- Construction of permanent signage features giving orientation to the apiary gardens and grounds and identifying some key pollinator plants and trees
- Construction of a storage shed for tools and equipment
- Construction of permanent composting bins
- Consistent support for mowing
- Installation of apiary sculpture