POLLINATOR FRIENDLY CALENDAR
March 7, 2019: 8 AM - 12:30 PM
Silverwood Park Lodge, Three Rivers Park District
registration will open soon
10/13/18 Planting Extravaganza, Butterfly Landing at Pine Point Regional Park is on. 11900 Norell Avenue North, Stillwater, MN 55082. 1:00-4:00 PM. Park in the regional park parking lot and follow the signs up the path to the 14 acre butterfly sanctuary site where you’ll join fellow pollinator champions ready to plant nectar and host plants for at-risk butterflies. Wear sturdy shoes or rubber boots, dress for weather. Bring gardening gloves and a trowel. Complimentary parking, cocoa, water and muffins. Register here: http://bit.ly/butterflylanding18
Join your fellow pollinator friends on October 13th to plant over 2,000 butterfly host and nectar plants at Pine Point Regional Park. Explore the fascinating world of the butterfly and learn from experts about seed saving, pollinator habitat, ecology, and more! Project partners onsite include: Washington County Parks, Washington Conservation District, Monarch Joint Venture and Wild Ones.
•10/18/18: Pollinator Friendly Alliance Board Meeting.
•10/27/18: PFA at Sencha Tea Bar. 2601 Hennepin Avenue South, Mpls. 3:00-6:00 PM. Visit us at our friend’s place to find out face to face what’s happening in the world of pollinators, and have a Maple Spiced Latte, their new fall charity drink.
•mid-Nov, 2018: County Pollinator Consortium Meeting. Pollinator advocates quarterly meeting to discuss partnering projects and programs. date tbd
•January, 2019: Snowshoe and Seed at Butterfly Landing. Pine Point Regional Park, 11900 Norell Avenue North, Stillwater, MN 55082. Bonfires, cocoa, snowshoe or cross country ski to seed the butterfly sanctuary. Yes! right on the snow. Many seed needs to go through a stratification (freeze) before it can sprout. date tbd
•3/7/19: Best Practices for Pollinators Summit. Three Rivers Park District, Silverwood Park Lodge, Minneapolis, MN. 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Stay tuned for program and details to come soon.
Pollinators Landing at Mulberry Creek, 2016-2019 phases
Ground first broke 2015 with the removal of existing turf and installation of the newly seeded bee lawn and 100's of flower plugs in the flower garden at the historic pumphouse site, 523 Owens Street, Laurel & Owens, Stillwater. Thanks to community volunteers: Bee lawn: self heal, creeping fescue, dutch white clover, creeping thyme; Flower garden: wild bergamot/bee balm, rough blazingstar, yellow headed coneflower, joe pye weed, compass plant, oxe-eye, new england aster, fragrant hyssop, heart leaf golden alexander, meadow rue, butterfly weed, creeping sedum, prairie smoke, penstemon, marsh milkweek, common ironweed, purple coneflower, meadow blazing star.
In 2016, work began on restoration of the slope along Mulberry Creek Trail behind the pumphouse. Tall and woody plants were cut, then scalped, a controlled burn followed by spot spray of white vinegar to remove invasives. Hundreds of flower plugs were planted by volunteers including bluestem, common milkweed, wild bergamont, stiff goldenrod, asters, pioneer mix, dotted blazingstar, foxglove beardtongue, switch grass, smooth wild rose, flodman's thistle, golden alexander.
In 2017, turf was removed for the upper prairie and the first wildflower seeding of the prairie including little bluestem, june grass, blue gama, canada wild rye, butterfly weed, leadplant, purple prairie clover, black-eyed susan, hoary vervain, common ox-eye, dotted blazing star, stiff goldenrod, golden alexander, common milkweed, wild bergamot, showy goldenrod, canada tick trefoil, gray goldenrod, canada milk vetch, blue vervain, yarrow, prairie rose, western spiderwort. Three Serviceberry trees were added to the bee lawn.
In 2018, the lower area was covered with a thick black plastic to smother the existing vegetation in preparation for the second prairie. No chemicals or herbicides are used with the smother method. Buckwheat was seeded in June and flowered in late August. The buckwheat cover crop rejuvenates the soil in preparation for the October native prairie seeding. The bee lawn was augmented with compost treatments to enrich the soil to support other low flowerings plants such as self heal and creeping thyme and three more Serviceberry trees were added.
The upper prairie was planted on May 19th and is blooming. Some of the plant species need to set over a winter and will bloom the second or third year. The first year requires more tending than the following years in the life of a prairie. There was a fair amount of maintenance required to keep the trees, ragweed and foxtail in check. But the prairie wildflowers and grasses came up in good shape.