Great news- we’ll soon be featuring Kelly Brenner’s Urban Species profiles on the Pollinator Pathway site. Kelly is an amazing writer and landscape architect focused on urban wildlife habitat, and the founder of The Metropolitan Field Guide, a wonderful, resource-filled blog on urban nature. Kelly is also working with the Pollinator Pathway to research species and help us to shape the gardens to reflect specific species’ needs. Can’t tell you how excited I am about where this will take the project.
My friend Mark just posted this video on Jon Piasecki’s Stone River. Its a fundamentally beautiful project, and this video is well worth watching.
Here’s Piasecki’s website as well:
May 14 and 15 (11-4) will be our next garden work party dates- please save the date! Last fall we had 100 people show up, lets do that again! We’ll be spread out along 9 gardens on Columbia from 14th-29th streets, come join us! No experience needed. Bring gloves if you have them.
We made the switch from our Facebook group page to a fan page, so if you’d like to follow our progress, here’s how (just ‘like’ the page for updates)!
We have amazing news to share— the Corson Building will be hosting a benefit for the Pollinator Pathway on June 26! Save the date! If you haven’t been to this restaurant, run by Wylie Bush (of Joe Bar) and chef Matt Dillon (of Sitka and Spruce)–do; its so satisfyingly delicious, all in a beautiful gem of a space in Georgetown. I hope you can come. We’ll post the pre-invitation information very soon.
This should be an interesting movie- check it out if you are in town. By the makers of The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
Image credit: Queen of the Sun
Sneak peek of a visual essay I’ve been working on to accompany this project:
Figs are pollinated by a tiny wasp, the fig wasp. Fig flowers are on the inside of the fig, and the female crawls inside and lays her eggs, pollinating the fig.
What- February already? The garden designer Robin Ginac and I are working away on refining the designs for the next eight plots. Next I’ll be calling around to the nurseries to ensure we will have enough plants. I’m super proud of all the work that has gone into the plant lists and am eager to see what it is all going to look like once the plants are in the ground. Being patient with how the garden looks is always hard for me- I want it to look amazing right away, when in fact, we’re designing for how it will look several years down the road.
We’re looking at doing the next big planting days either the first or second weekend in May! I’ll keep you all posted as we firm up the plans. Last year tons of people come out to help.. it was so much fun, and I hope you’ll join us this year. As always, you can join the mailing list to hear about planting dates-at email@example.com.
Here’s one of my favorite things- a floral clock, first proposed by Linnaeus; designed so that each flower’s petal opening is matched by each passing hour..
The Pollinator Pathway project is lying low right now while the winter passes, but things are happening behind the scenes, slowly and surely. I have been dropping by monthly since October to check on the mulch beds; they’re all looking amazing, except one looks like it could use a little touchup (one out of eight gardens; not bad for a very wet winter) so next weekend I’ll be down there to do that. While I’m there I’ll be doing the project’s annual plant count on Garden 1, to see how all the plants are doing. Last year some plant counts went down, and some went up, and it is interesting to learn what plants succeed in this kind of relatively inhospitable environment.
Some recent news: Next week I’ll be participating in the planning for the Seattle Art Museum’s Design Your ‘Hood program, a great (and free) program for high schoolers that looks at urban topics through a design thinking lens. Thrilled to be taking part, as this program is really great.
We are getting started with party planning- we’ll be having a fundraiser/party/feast sometime in June, hopefully timed perfectly with Pollinator Week! You can always join us, just send a note.
We’re also fine-tuning the garden designs, and planning a bit for the next big planting party in early spring- stay tuned! (And feel free to send a note if you’d like to be put on the planting party list, too!)
Hi folks- just a reminder that our friends at Essential Arts are hosting a screening of “The Vanishing of the Bees” a new documentary about Colony Collapse Disorder. It should be an interesting film, and all proceeds will benefit the Pollinator Pathway! Hope to see you there.
Weds, Dec 1 at Kane Hall. The movie starts at 7, but come on by at 6:30 for a honey tasting!
Vanishing of the Bees – Trailer from George Langworthy on Vimeo.