7/6/2018 7:29:00 AM What's the buzz? Courthouse pollinator garden ready for all to enjoy
Kayla Thomason/River news
Oneida County conservationist Michele Sadauskas and pollinator coordinator Baerbel Ehrig put the finishing touches on the pollinator garden behind the Oneida County Courthouse last week. The garden is ADA accessible and open for all to enjoy.
In all 25 different species of native plants were planted into the Oneida County Courthouse pollinator garden. Here Michele Sadauskas digs holes for the new native plants while Baerbel Ehrig introduces them to their new homes.
Last fall, the staff of the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, and several citizen volunteers, planted seeds for a pollinator garden. Those seeds would overwinter at AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue's home and grow there in spring, in preparation to eventually be placed in their new permanent homes in pollinator gardens around the county.
One of those pollinator gardens is behind the Oneida County Courthouse, on the east side of the building. Last year the site was prepped, with help from Lakeland Union High School students, in preparation for planting this year.
Earlier this summer, the seedlings that started at Boismenue's home were brought to a transplanting party at Hodag Park near the Boom Lake boat landing. The small plants were separated and moved into bigger pots to make more room for them to grow.
In the meantime, the site at the courthouse underwent even more preparation. An ADA trail as well as a picnic area have been added, allowing everyone to come and enjoy the pollinator garden. A $1,500 donation from WPS helped fund the building of the trail. In all, 25 species of native plants were planted in the pollinator garden. These plants will give pollinators the food and habitat they need throughout the year to stay healthy and help populations to thrive.
County conservationist Michele Sadauskas hopes the garden will make people think more about pollinators and the important role they play. Many species of pollinators are in trouble, with large population declines for various reasons. Creating pollinator gardens such as this one gives bees, butterflies and other pollinators the food and habitat they need throughout various stages of their life cycles. Native plantings give pollinators to food they would expect to find throughout the growing season and can help keep populations healthy.
All are welcome to drop by the courthouse and tour the pollinator garden. Those looking to create a pollinator garden of their own can find all of the information needed at the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, next to the zoning office on the second floor of the courthouse, or by calling 715-369-7835.
Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.