WPPA Pollination Preservation Garden #1

Massachusetts Central Rail Trail - Wayside Weston  

Project Overview

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Photo Credit: Nicole Mordecai

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Photo Credit: Nicole Mordecai

Location

Near Concord Rd Wayside Trail Access Point, Weston

Size

90 Square feet (3' x 30')

Installation Date

May - June 2021

Type

Raised Bed

Soil Conditions

New soil brought in; 60% loam/ 40% compost

Site Conditions

Full Sun/ Part Sun

Plant Species #

Plant Sources

Bagley Pond Perennials, Blue Stem Natives,       Bigelow Nurseries, WPPA members

Budget

$200

The Weston Wayside Mass Central Rail Trail Pollination Preservation Garden is the first of its kind in Weston. The garden contains specific native plants, identified through the research of Dr. Robert Gegear, that support the most threatened native species of bumblebees, moths, and butterflies in Eastern Massachusetts. 

 

These plants provide pollen, nectar, and nesting materials from early spring to late fall, require less water and maintenance than lawn, and can be added to existing landscapes to bring native pollinator habitat and biodiversity everywhere. We hope that this garden inspires residents to make impactful changes in their own yards to reduce water usage and to increase native pollinator habitat and biodiversity, especially for at-risk species, throughout Weston and beyond.

A Weston Media production highlighting the purpose, process, and historical significance of Weston's first public Pollination Preservation Garden. 

Garden Installation Highlights (Click Photos for More Info)

All Photos Credit: Nicole Mordecai

Special thanks to the Town of Weston Water Working Group, Weston Media, Weston Friends of the Legacy and Rail Trails, Organic Soil Solutions, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Native Pollinator Task Force (MetroWest Conservation Alliance), and many dedicated volunteers for making this garden possible.