Saturday, June 3rd: 10 AM - 1 PM
Pollinator Gardening Day
Pollinator Park, 517 Owens Street, Stillwater
Spring is here, and so are the pollinators. They need our help..so bring your friends and garden a bit to create habitat for our tiny heros. Refreshments and demonstrations from garden and pollinator experts. Sign up here. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
POLLINATOR PARK: Phase I-Phase IV
WATCH FOR NEW SIGNS: May, 2017 pollinator garden signs designed by Julie Bourman were installed at the Pollinator Park, Ramsey-Grove and Northland pollinator gardens.
PHASE I . NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN: May, 2016: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside Landscape completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf. The bee lawn was seeded with Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) 3.6 oz. (7.5 Tbs)/1000 sf, Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) 1 oz (2 Tbs)/1000 sf, White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) 3.2 oz. (7 Tbs)/1000 sf. Thanks to the generous support of the Saint Paul Garden Club, the flower garden is abound with pollinators: Wild Bergamot, Rough Blazingstar, Yellow Headed Coneflower, Joe-Pye Weed, Compass Plant, Oxe-eye, New England Aster, Fragrant Hyssop, Heartleaf Golden Alexander, Meadowrue, Butterfly Weed. After the first snow fall Nov. 2016, we overseeded the clover bee lawn with a seed mix of creeping fescues and hard fescues for diversity and resilience in the lawn. May 6, 2017 additional clover and fescue was seeded. On May 20, 2017 Creeping thyme plants from Rose Floral will be added surrounding the flower garden.
PHASE II . THE SLOPE - Watch for little blue stem and milkweed on the slope thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda and Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL). Only non toxic practices are used for this pollinator friendly project. July, 2016 existing vegetation was burned to prepare for seed and plants that provide ground water filtration through a deeper root system. Our partners at MNL sprayed two white vinegar treatments to burn out the existing plants, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and blue stem. May 6, 2017 Minnesota Native Landscapes scalped the vegetation and seeded a pioneer mix with bluestem, rye, switchgrass, and indian grass. Later PFA volunteers joined in to plant 500 plant plugs including: Stiff goldenrod, sky blue aster, black-eyed susan, common milkweed, harebells, wild bergamot, golden alexander, compass plant, native thistle and more.
PHASE III . THE SHORT PRAIRIE - PFA is excited to work with our expert partner, Prairie Restorations, and get started this summer (June/July) on the prairie habitat and pollinator trail. The existing sod will be pulled up, and the native prairie flower seeds will be spread by hand. We should see some lovely grasses and flowers in the Fall, but the prairie will thrive the second year.
New Volunteer and Intern Opportunities
Support Pollinator Friendly Alliance
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Consider joining our amazing team of organizers and volunteers for this volunteer driven non profit conservation organization. The VC plays an important and integral role in fundraising, awareness programs, gardening workshops and our big annual festival. The ideal candidate is positive, self-motivated, outgoing, confident, and articulate. The coordinator will motivate and organize volunteers. This is a professional, goal-oriented position great for resume building and community connectedness. Personal rewards are many as we work together to make our world a better place for pollinators and people.
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is a fast growing and active non profit conservation group based in the St. Croix River Valley. We have an amazing core of staff, volunteers and partnering pollinator champions. The CC is an important member of our organization and is responsible for documentation and the organization of Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Keeping the public, board, key positions and volunteers updated and informed. This key position is the support system that keeps things running smoothly. Duties include: maintains records and documentation of organization and activities, coordinates meetings and writes minutes, oversees communication among staff, board and public, helps coordinate major events, maintains email list and sends email blasts, special projects and research, maintains education materials inventory and presentation list.
POLLINATOR CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS
Learn pollinator advocacy and community organizing work alongside a progressive conservation group. Everyone is concerned about pollinators and we are helping community to make a difference locally and at the state level. Our interns perform a variety of tasks including social media, advocacy, administrative, design, email database, letter writing, attending events, and more.
2017 Pollinator Friendly Calendar
5/18/17: PFA presents pollinator friendly resolution to White Bear Lake Township. 630 PM
5/20: PFA at Belwin Conservancy. 11 AM-12:30 PM. Herd of 40 bison at restored prairie in Afton with family-friendly activities to learn about the prairie and conservation.
6/3/2017: 10 AM - 1 PM. Pollinator Friendly Alliance - Pollinator Park Garden Party. Demonstrations by Claudia Morgan, professional gardener and landscaper with Gardenside plus master beekeepers. Come join us -- bee a steward at the Pollinator Park flower garden by helping us groom, plant and weed the pollinator flower garden. Corner of Laurel Street West and Owen Street North, 517 Owen Street North, Stillwater. Refreshments provided, bring your garden trowel.
9/10/2017: noon-6PM Polli*NATION Festival - Pollinator party of the year. Mark your calendars. Music, art, food trucks, performance, beer, games, bands, and a whole lotta pollinator goings on. Kissing Birch Farm, Stillwater.