The Easton Garden Club is encouraging gardeners to take the “Pollinator Pledge” by planting pesticide-free and native pollinator-friendly plants, all food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

The pollinator-friendly plants are not only food for a range of wildlife but are guaranteed to have your backyard garden teeming with fluttering butterflies and humming bees.

Residents who missed last week’s Easton Garden club’s Garden Mart, where a master gardener was on hand to answer questions about planting pollinator-friendly habitats and pollinators in the area, can visit the garden club’s website to find all the information they need. The website outlines the role native pollinators play in our landscapes and provides free educational resources on how to make a pollinator pathway and take the pledge. You don’t have to be a garden club member to access the resources.

“In addition to the many individuals, families, and local establishments taking the pledge, the Easton Pollinator Pathway is a community effort with many partnering organizations,” said Jean Stetz-Puchalski,  the garden club’s conservation chair.

In 2019 Easton became one of 30 towns to join the Pollinator Pathway initiative. Today there are over 270 participating towns and initiatives across the globe, according to the garden club’s website.

A pollinator garden can be planted on the smallest of parcels. Gardeners can even start with a planter or window box that incorporates herbs and native plant species. More daring gardeners can plant an entire meadow of pollinating plants and flowers. Stetz-Puchalski said it’s important to have plants that bloom from March to October to keep the pollinators fed.

To learn more, visits the garden club’s website where you will find a list of northeast native pollinator plants and links to the Easton Pollinator Pathway page.

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