What is growing in
The Pollinator Garden at Swann Park?
In October of 2021, the Crofton Civic Association, Unity Gardens, and enSprout partnered to establish a pollinator garden at Swann Park.
Unlike many traditional pollinator gardens, the aptly named Pollinator Paradise is located in a shady site. All of the plants for this project were selected for their natural ability to grow in shady areas such as Chelone glabra, the primary host plant for Baltimore Checkerspot butterflies, and Physostegia, whose tubular-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds. These native plants are well adapted to our local climate and soil conditions because they naturally occur in our area. These plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.
enSprout is a Crofton-based company that provides families with educational experiences through nature and agriculture. Its programs and events contribute to a healthy, sustainable ecosystem by encouraging individual environmental stewardship and connection with the land.
This project was funded by a grant from Unity Gardens. Unity Gardens awards grants to volunteer-led native gardening projects in Anne Arundel County that use the power of plants to address stormwater runoff, pollution, and habitat loss.
Plant types and original quantities:
Aquilegia canadensis (qty. 12)
Rudbeckia laciniata (qty. 9)
Heuchera ‘Autumn Bride’ (qty. 10)
Chrysogonom virginiana (qty. 16)
Physostegia ‘Pink Manners’ (qty. 14)
Aster ‘Eastern Star’ (qty. 1)
Chelone glabra (qty. 1)
Packera aurea (qty. 25)
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