High Falls’ Annual Green-Up Day Returns on Saturday, April 21, 2018
with Launch of the High Falls Pollinator Garden on Berme Road and Route 213
Volunteers Needed to Create Garden Beds and Stone Retaining
Walls for New Pollinator Garden or to Pick Up Roadside Trash
To commemorate Earth Day, residents of High Falls are pitching in to beautify the town during the High Falls Green-Up Day, to be held on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
This year, in addition to the annual clean-up of our roads and grassy areas, High Falls Green-Up Day is launching a new community project: the High Falls Pollinator Garden.
Able-bodied volunteers are asked to meet at 10:00AM at the corner of Rte. 213 and Berme Rd. Volunteers should wear appropriate work clothing and gloves for either gardening or roadside trash pick-up. If possible, bring wheelbarrows, shovels or rakes to distribute yards of topsoil and mulch.
To volunteer, show up on the day of the event or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call project manager Leslee Rachel Cooper at 212-923-0496 or 212-414-1804. (RSVP-ing as "going" on this event page is greatly appreciated)
The event begins at 10:00 a.m. with a brief talk by Maraleen Manos-Jones a.k.a. The Butterfly Lady. Refreshments and lunch will be served. More info at highfallscivic.org.
The High Falls Pollinator Garden is a new project from the High Falls Civic Association (HFCA), in conjunction with the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission. Garden design and volunteer coaching will be provided by Eric Stewart of Green Man Garden Design. (Stewart is also a Town Board member and liaison to the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission.) Leslee Rachel Cooper, vice-president of the High Falls Civic Association, is the garden project manager. Topsoil and mulch is generously donated by Croswell Enterprises, Ltd.
Maraleen Manos-Jones a.k.a. The Butterfly Lady is the expert consultant for pollinator plant selection. See her list of butterflies and their host plants at http://highfallscivic.org/pdfs/pollinator-butterfly-garden-host-plants-list.pdf. See a 1 minute video of Maraleen Manos-Jones talking about pollinator gardens at highfallscivic.org.
A pollinator garden is a powerful ally to the environment, at a time when butterflies and bees are in danger; being decimated by loss of habitat, removal of native plants, and use of pesticides. A pollinator garden is planted with flowers and plants that provide nectar or pollen for hard-working butterflies and bees. These humble but miraculous creatures play a lifesaving role in pollinating the fruit and vegetable plants that ensure our very survival.
The High Falls Pollinator Garden will be a cultivated habitat where pollinating insects can nest, rest, and forage. All plants, soil, and mulch used in the Pollinator Garden will be organic and untreated -- no pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or neonicotinoids. The garden will be maintained by local volunteers, including members of the High Falls Civic Association and the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission.