Pollinator Garden Reno

Finally the shagbark hickory trees get some attention in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard! And while some of us were caring for the trees, another group were giving our pollinator garden an overhaul…(Photo Credit: Alex Kent)

What a summer it’s been! A number of the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard have had some “health adventures” but does that stop the group from continuing to maintain, and transform, our beautiful park? No way!

This August Sherry took the lead in giving our pollinator garden a bit of an overhaul. It looked beautiful this year, but the Black Eyed Susans and Purple Coneflower had started to take over – so much so that you couldn’t even see the daylillies, autumn joy sedums, and our other plants and herbs. 

Janina fights her way through the black eyed susans to hunt down and destroy (in the nicest possible way) the weeds in the pollinator garden. (Photo Credit: Alex Kent)


So over three weeks the team came out, full strength, to dig out some plants, move others around and make pathways so that we can go in and take care of the garden. And the end result? It looks fantastic now, and will look even better next year.

Marilyn and Sherry ankle (and waist – but sherry’s sitting so I don’t know if that counts) deep in plants as they work again to make pathways in the pollinator garden. (Photo Credit: Alex Kent)

Coming up in September, we have lots more to do! We’ll be mulching our fruit trees with straw to insulate them for the winter and if we can afford it, we’ll be planting daffodils for a great summer display.

Lynn in the thick of things in the pollinator garden. (Photo Credit: Alex Kent)

About the blog post author: Susan Poizner is the coordinator of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard and the author of the award winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards which tells the story of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. She is also the creator of the online fruit tree care training programs at www.orchardpeople.com. And she is the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show which covers fruit trees, food forests, and permaculture. 



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