Garden club supports ‘pollinator pathway’

The Wilton Garden Club has made a $500 donation to the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) to support a pollinator pathway in Wilton. The garden club and association are collaborating in the project with the Wilton Library Association, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, and Woodcock Nature Center.

According to Jackie Algon, board member of the NRWA, “The Pollinator Pathway is a response to the large-scale decline of our honeybees. The idea is to create pathways for native pollinators like moths, butterflies and birds to travel, which in turn, is crucial to sustaining wildlife and native plants.”

Initially, the pathway will travel up Route 7 and continue north on Route 33 towards Ridgefield. Teams of volunteers will plant pollinator-friendly flowers and plants, such as native milkweed, along the route to attract the bees, moths, and birds that have historically pollinated plant life in Wilton.

Donations such as this one by the garden club are made possible by funds raised through its annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale, which is the club’s major fund-raiser. This year the plant sale takes place, rain or shine, at Wilton's Town Green on Friday, May 12, from noon to 6, and Saturday, May 13, from 10 to 2. There will also be a plant sale pre-sale on Wednesday, May 10, from 9:30 to 1:30 at the club’s greenhouse at Comstock Community Center, which will be open to the public for those who want to first crack at the club’s best offerings.

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