Erwin's Pollinator Garden

Erwin's Pollinator Garden
Posted on 04/01/2019
Erwin's Pollinator Garden, established in 2016 by Mrs. Banks and Ms. Dancy-Jones, has received over $1,000 in grant funding over the past year.   The garden began with only plant donations from Erwin staff and community members sharing from their gardens.  In Spring of 2018 through a generous donation by Meritor, the pollinator garden officially became certified as a Schoolyard Habitat.  The garden provides food (nectar for pollinators and seed for birds), water (the bird bath), shelter, and places to raise young (the birdhouse, used by a nesting pair of bluebirds, and the pollinator house, used by many species of native bees).   The garden is also certified as a Monarch Waystation, because we have several species of milkweed, the Monarch's host plant.  
Working with Asheville GreenWorks, during the 2018-2019 school year we were able to add to the middle and lower areas of the pollinator garden with funding from Burt's Bees and Buncombe County Commissioners.  Volunteers from Asheville GreenWorks, local churches, the Warrior Baseball Team and Eco Club have helped this year to weed, mulch, and plant.  This spring we received an additional grant from Buncombe County Master Gardeners to buy tools to help with long-term maintenance of the garden. 
Anyone who wants to learn more about the garden or volunteer to help can come see Mrs. Banks or Ms. D-J or attend an Eco Club meeting Thursday after school in Ms. D-J's room. We're planning a spring work day for Saturday, April 27th.