Creating a pollinator garden

In the heart of our school campus, a new initiative has taken root, quite literally. Students in Mr. Peragine's and Mr. Frees' Science classes and beyond have joined hands and shovels along with Bryan Tompkins from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create something truly special—an enchanting pollinator garden. This project not only adds a splash of natural beauty to our school but also serves as a powerful lesson in environmental stewardship.

Pollinator gardens are a type of garden specifically designed to attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds. These creatures play a vital role in our ecosystem by pollinating plants, which in turn helps produce fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Sadly, many pollinators face challenges such as habitat loss and pesticide exposure, making initiatives like our pollinator garden crucial for their survival. The new garden has 37 different plant species, all native to the surrounding Asheville area!

Bryan Tompkins from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explains the different local plantsPlants are laid out and ready for plantingStudents plant pollinator gardenStudents hard at work planting the gardenPollinator garden plantedJob well done!