BY AMANDA MOSES
Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman has brought beauty and color back into the Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC). After removing harmful weeds and reviving the soil in each of the garden beds, Roytman planted various flowers and herb seeds to help attract pollinators (bees and butterflies). These insects are pivotal in spreading nectar and pollen sources from plants and trees.
The UGC is a certified pollinator habitat, and each of the four corners of the garden are dedicated to attracting these insects. Aside from the bumblebee, one of the most well-known pollinator breeds is the Monarch butterfly (named as such because they are considered the king of butterflies since they are deemed the most beautiful). Monarch butterflies are orange and black with white markings along their wings. Despite their beauty, their numbers have decreased due to a loss of habitat caused by climate change, the removal of native flora, and pesticides, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The seeds Roytman has sown include sunflowers, milk-weed, Nasturtium (edible flowers), English lavender, zinnias, sage, mint, and oregano. These flowers and herbs are natural habitats for pollinators to flourish in.
Roytman is spending the rest of the summer reintroducing natural flowers, perennials and other plants to the environment, allowing pollinators to play their crucial role in helping plant reproduction (which provides food sources for both people and plants) and it helps maintain the community’s ecosystem.
Photos by Amanda Moses