RIOC, along with The Butterfly Project NYC, GreenThumb, iDig2Learn, RI Garden Club & GRIN, joined forces to plant pollinator-attracting plants near Sportspark during National Pollinator Week in late June!
Christina Delfico, Jack Burkhalter, and Julia Ferguson met up early on a Thursday morning to plant beautiful perennial native plants to attract pollinators year round. This native planting includes Zizia Aurea, Baptisia Alba, Gray Goldenrod, & False Aster. Native plants have evolved with the regional conditions & local wildlife. They need less water and also support pollinators and birds much more effectively than other plantings!
Morning workout - weed, add a little locally processed compost, plant with space to grow & water.
All of this was possible because of Ursula with the NYC Environmental Education Center @nycenviroeductr and Christina Delfico @iDig2Learn #butterflyprojectnyc
We are grateful for Altheria Jackson, Mary Cunneen, Jessica Cerone, Erica Spencer El, Matthew Kibby, Eddie Perez, and Fernando Vargas at RIOC @rooseveltislandrioc. They all pitched in behind the scenes for permission, planning, adding more soil amendments, and turning on the water so these plants can get established.
A very special thanks to RIOC’s acting CEO & President Shelton Haynes who was very excited about this community project.
Roosevelt Island Garden Club #community garden appreciates so many partners on Roosevelt Island who help to make wise choices that provide opportunities for nature and our environment.
Please visit pollinator.org to find out what you can do to protect pollinators!