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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Bees, birds and butterflies

June 1, 2018
By JINI HOOD - Lake Placid Garden Club , Lake Placid News

Think of a meadow gay with buttercups, Queen Anne's lace, daisies and violets. Imagine the edges of your sidewalk and driveway filled with lilies, milkweed, and lupines.

Enjoy these plants and know that the bees, birds, and butterflies will enjoy them as much as you do. Many local trails have a variety of flowering plants from spring through autumn. A walk on the Heaven Hill Trails, Henry's Woods, the Peninsula Trails and John Brown Farm State historic Site will show you the great variety. You may even notice bees and butterflies collecting pollen or possibly a hummingbird sampling nectar.

The mission statement of the Garden Club of Lake Placid shows that one of its purposes is to arouse public interest in the natural beauty and resources of the land around us. As part of fulfilling this purpose the Club will become a sponsor of the Adirondack Pollinator Project as presented by ADKaction.

It will promote the pollinator habitat by spreading information about pollinators such as bees, birds, and butterflies which are critically important for our environment, food security, and the economy. They need a variety of pollen and nectar sources but many of our landscapes offer little in the way of proper habitat.

The challenges of temperature and precipitation patterns contribute to the decline of many species. Information about appropriate landscaping, how to create a garden for monitoring pollinators, free seed packets and other programs can be found at ADKaction.org/pollinators.

The Garden Club is proud to be a part of the Adirondack Pollinator Project, joining other sponsors such as the Wild Center in this important environmental practice.

For many years wooden barrels have been seen along Main Street filled with seasonal flowers. They are maintained by the Lake Placid Beautification Association. After these years of use they need replacement and new environment-friendly planters are being purchased.

The Garden Club is happy to sponsor the purchase of three of the planters which will be placed at the Kate Smith Garden, one of the Club's on-going projects, which is at the entrance to the parking lot across from the Post Office.

The Lake Placid Beautification Association is placing planters near the North Elba Town Hall, the Visitors Bureau, Mid's Park and other sites. The planters are made from recycled materials which will last longer than wooden barrels and better withstand the winter weather. A photo can be found on the Lake Placid Beautification Association Facebook home page.

Enjoy your garden; enjoy the outdoors.

 
 

 

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