Northampton's Pollinator Pathway
is Taking Shape!
An urban pollinator pathway is growing through the central core of Northampton. Volunteers are weeding and maintaining the bioswale (rain garden) at Pulaski Park, Northampton's initial and most central installation.
Installation: In November 2018, with pro-bono design assistance and preparation from Owen Wormser of Local Harmony, 25 volunteers adding roughly 150 pollinator friendly plants to the Pulaski Park bioswale. The tiny plugs have grown into a beautiful central city meadow!
Around the corner on Crafts Avenue, volunteers transformed a very steep slope with 450 meadow type native plant plugs that are now fully grown, making this hard to mow slope into a bee-friendly meadow.
The City has offered to dedicate resources to complete the other ⅔ of the slope.
In September 2019 volunteers designed and installed gardens at both the Senior Center and Forbes Library, thus growing the list of anchor plantings.
Three garden plots at the Northampton Community Gardens were donated to WMPN and Dr. Rob Gegear of UMASS Boston, and are being prepared to grow perennial seedlings next year for future public gardens and to conduct bumblebee research.
In every planting, volunteers learn about pollinator-friendly landscaping, how to maintain the plantings during the growing season, and become a part of regenerating the urban pollinator habitat that has eroded over decades through our built environment.