VOU Pollinator Garden
VOU Pollinator Garden & Environmental AwarenessThe Villages of Urbana recently sponsored the planting of a pollinator garden located at the woodchip path access point at Sugarloaf Parkway. As part of the ongoing effort, the VOU plans to plant native plugs at various locations in the area, and to augment current reforestation areas with additional trees.
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Volunteer service at the pollinator garden
Thank you for visiting the VOU Pollinator Garden on Sugarloaf Parkway. This 3,500 square foot garden features 900 native plants and shrubs. It was designed by Ruppert Landscape as a demonstration garden for residents and visitors to learn how to plant for pollinators and for the benefit of the environment. There are close to 20 types of regionally native plants and shrubs here, which bloom at different times of the year to provide continuous food and shelter for pollinators like bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, flies, birds, bats and other creatures. All the plants are perennials, which means they will return each year after losing their leaves in the fall.
Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. They have evolved with the local climate, soil and wildlife over millions of years. Many of the insects that we depend upon to pollinate flowers and food crops are host specialists; they can only reproduce on a particular native plant. The Monarch butterfly’s caterpillars can only eat milkweed leaves, for example, so if they hatch on any other plant, they will die. Native plants also have deep root systems that help filter water, prevent erosion, and sequester carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Green Team Urbana—a group of Urbana residents passionate about biodiversity and the health of our environment—organized 100 volunteers to plant the initial gallon-size flowers. Green Team Urbana volunteers weed and maintain the garden, as well.
If you are interested in helping with the garden and are a VOU resident, you can join the Green Team Urbana group here. For information about other environmental projects in the area, check out the Green Team Urbana website.
Below are the specific plants featured in the garden, as well as their bloom time and wildlife value. You can download a pdf of this document here.
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Just as native plants are beneficial to their local ecosystems, non-native plants can be detrimental. Click here to view a list of plants we do not allow to be planted in the VOU and to learn more about non-native, invasive plants.