Langlais Native Plants for Pollinators
In 2018, we partnered with the Maine Master Gardener Volunteer program to create a design for a native plant pollinator garden to be installed in the large island in the Langlais Sculpture Preserve parking lot. The planting design balances the season of bloom, plant height, and bloom color, plus adds some grasses for visual interest and seeds for birds.
Over the fall, winter, and spring we covered the site with plastic to suppress weeds. In July 2019, we planted a cover crop of buckwheat to provide summer food for pollinators, suppress weeds, and enhance the soil. We identified more than 14 species of pollinators – bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, hornets, yellow jackets, butterflies, lady beetles, and more! In late August, the buckwheat was cut and left on the soil before it could set seed.
In September 2019, we planted more than 260 native plant seedlings, plugs, and transplants that will provide food and shelter for pollinators and birds. We’re happy to share our plant list with you. Be sure to visit next summer to see the garden in its prime. We are very grateful to our Maine Master Gardener Volunteers who made this project a reality!