Get Growing with the Adirondack Pollinator Project – Pollinator plant sale underway

To flower lovers’ delight, the Adirondack Pollinator Project is holding an online Pollinator Plant Sale this spring. All flowers are local to the Adirondacks and were selected for their ability to attract pollinators, like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The plants are being carefully cultivated without the use of pesticides by locally-owned Cook & Gardener Nursery in Plattsburgh. The sale is being held online at AdkAction.org/plantsale until May 31st and directly supports Adirondack Pollinator Project programming.

globe thistle monarchFrom milkweed to bee balm, the plant sale offers twelve, ready-to-plant, blooming-sized species to choose from for only $10 each. If you would like to create a space for pollinators in your yard but don’t know where to start, we are also offering five pre-designed garden layouts with all the plants you need to create your very own pollinator garden. Choose from designs such as “Monarch Nirvana” and “Hummingbird’s Haven,” at a 10% discount. You will be able to pick up your plants on June 12th between 4pm and 7pm at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake or on June 16th at Cook and Gardener Nursery between 10am and 3pm. Sorry, no alternative pickup arrangements can be made.

Created by AdkAction in collaboration with the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, The Wild Center, and Common Ground Gardens, the Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) works to help build understanding about the importance of pollinators and to empower people to take individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive. They designed the flower sale as a way to increase the amount of pollinator-friendly habitat in the North Country. By offering plants that are naturally found in the Adirondacks and grown without the application of harmful neonicotinoids, pesticides linked to pollinator decline, the APP is providing an opportunity for residents to “go green” while enjoying their flowers and supporting local products.

It is very difficult to source neonicotinoid-free garden plants, and since there are no labeling requirements, it is sometimes impossible to know if the potted plants have ever been treated. The owners of Cook & Gardener have taken steps to ensure that every plant available through the pollinator plant sale is guaranteed to be free of neonicotinoids. “We are very excited to offer these vibrant flowering plants to home gardeners and look forward to using the proceeds to support pollinator programming throughout the summer,” said Brittany Christenson, Executive Director of AdkAction.

bumble on mullein plantKerry Crowningshield, Outreach Coordinator for the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, also views the effort as a community conservation project. “A plant sale is a great way for folks to be successful stewards of the environment. If we transform our manicured lawns into beautiful gardens using flowers that are thoughtfully chosen to host and support pollinators and other wildlife, it’s a win-win for Mother Nature and the Adirondacks.”

In addition to the plant sale, you are invited to support the Adirondack Pollinator Project by making a tax-deductible online donation at AdkAction.org. Your entire donation will be used to inspire action to help pollinators thrive.

For more information about the Pollinator Plant Sale, contact Kerry Crowningshield, Outreach Coordinator, Lake Placid Land Conservancy, kerry@lakeplacidlandconservancy.org, 518-837-5177. More information about APP and its partners can be found at AdkAction.org/pollinators.