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Jul 02, 2017

Garden Club R.F.D. Support Pollination Stations

About a year and a half ago, an idea formed in the mind of Jeannie Geremia, the chair of The Garden Club of New Jersey’s Butterfly & BeeGap Committee. She had seen special pollinator sections in a few garden centers in Florida and thought it was a super idea for New Jersey to try. Pollinator populations are declining and we must help, she thought.

However, she was unable to get New Jersey garden centers to do the same, due to differences in New Jersey weather, staffing, and costs. Eventually, a solution presented itself: The Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) would form partnerships with garden centers, providing them with specially designed signage that would hopefully entice customers to learn about the creatures that pollinate our flowers, fruits, and vegetables and then make their purchases, with enhancing the lives of our pollinators in mind. A Pollination Station was born.

A number of special charts were designed and produced by the GCNJ for its member garden clubs across the state, and the clubs went to work. The Warren Garden Club partnered with Donaldson’s Garden Center in Hackettstown; other clubs developed pollinator areas with the Hionis Greenhouse in Whitehouse Station, the Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair, J & J Landscaping & Garden Center in Flemington, and the Williams Nursery in Westfield. Still more clubs are seeking a place to help install a Pollination Station.

Garden Club R.F.D. reached out to Dearborn Market in Holmdel. Signage was given to them and will be used in the Children’s Garden, where teaching classes are held each summer.  Perhaps the children will learn that bees and other insects are essential for the pollination of many food crops, like blueberries and almonds, and that they ensure the success of wild flowering plants that support many other species of animals. Did you realize that one out of every three bites of food we eat is the result of pollination by bees, and over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals? Finally, an interesting note: adults should remember that without pollination, chocolate and coffee would not exist.

Pollinator populations have declined, but the garden clubs in this state are working hard to spread the word. By asking about plants that enable our pollinators to exist the next time you visit a garden center or road stand, you are participating in a relationship beneficial to all. Take the next step and develop a pollinator garden. To find out more about pollinators, try Googling it.

Although Garden Club R.F.D. meetings and activities have stopped for the summer months, you can still call Nancy Canade at (973) 452-4846 for further information about the group. The wonderful world of plants, flowers, and pollinators awaits you.  Garden Club R.F.D. is a member of the GCNJ, the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc., and the National Garden Club.  They welcome all inquiries and are open to accepting new members.