Sustainability programs

Green block party activity

Parkways for pollinators garden details

Depending on the location of your garden it will contain native plants that prefer full sun or partial shade. Sun gardens need to receive 6+ hours a day of full sun to be successful. The shade gardens need only 3+ hours of full sunlight (or 4 to 5 hours of dappled sunlight) to grow.

Sunshine Monarch Garden

  • Size: Gardens should be approximately 4’ x 10’, in an organic shape
  • Full sun is considered to be 6+ hours
  • Location: Minimum of 8 feet from a tree trunk
  • Pollinators attracted to sun garden:
    • Long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees
    • Small to medium-sized butterflies and skippers
    • Silvery Checkerspot and Monarch caterpillars will feed
    • Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) is a Monarch host plant for larval food and egg laying
    • Sporobolus and Schizachrium will feed birds
    • Rudbeckia (Showy Black Eyed Susan) feeds goldfinches, nuthatches, cardinals, sparrows
  • Plants in the sun garden:
    1. Dalea Purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover (5 plants)
    2. Rudbeckia Fulgida - Showy Black Eyed Susan (2 plants)
    3. Echinacea Purpurea - Purple Coneflower (5 plants)
    4. Schizachrium Scoparium - Little Bluestem (3 plants)
    5. Asclepias Tuberosa - Butterfly Weed (5 plants)
    6. Symphyotrichum Oblongifolium - Aromatic Aster (3 plants)

  • Watering requirements:  Will depend on the weather conditions but the newly planted garden will need to be watered for the first few weeks at a minimum

Shade pollinator garden

  • Size: Gardens will be approximately 4’ x 10’, in an organic shape
  • Sun: Shade plants need 3 hours minimum of full sunlight to be relatively viable. 4-5 hours of full sun is best. 4-5 hours of dappled sunlight is okay. Not much grows without any sunlight.
  • Location: Minimum of 8 feet from a tree trunk
  • Pollinators attracted to shade garden:
    • Carex pensylvancia (Common Oak Sedge) can host 36 species of caterpillars
    • Aquilegia (Eastern Red Columbine) attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, hawk moths
    • Itea provides protective cover for birds
  • Plants in the shade garden:
    1. Carex Pensylvanica – Common Oak Sedge (5 plants)
    2. Aquilegia Canadensis - Eastern Red Columbine (3 plants)
    3. Heuchera Richardsonii - Prairie Alumroot (3 plants)
    4. Geranium Maculatum - Wild Geranium (1 plant)
    5. Itea Virginica - Virginia Sweetspire (1 plant)

  • Watering requirements:  Will depend on the weather conditions but the newly planted garden will need to be watered for the first few weeks at a minimum.

Watering and Garden Care

  • You will receive watering instructions from the Deep Roots Project coordinator.
  • Your seedlings will need lots of water in first 2 weeks.
  • Pull weeds before they get big.
  • Native plants don‘t need to be fertilized.

Steps in the Process

  • Pick a garden coordinator for the block.
  • Pick a homeowner who wants the garden in their section of parkway.
  • Arrange a meeting time with the Deep Roots coordinator, David Murphy, to visit the location of the garden.
  • David will help decide if it will be a sun or shade garden.
  • A Deep Roots Project representative will visit the garden site prior to your party and will remove the grass and prepare the garden for planting. Arrangements should be made for the discarded grass to be composted.
  • On the day of the party, David will bring the plants and the tools.
  • David will lead adults and kids in planting the garden.
  • David will also explain the “Healthy Lawn, Healthy Family” pledge to not use toxic chemicals on your lawns and gardens.

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