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MGC, GSC WIN GCV CONSERVATION AWARD FOR POLLINATOR GARDEN

Thu, June 7, 2018

 

The Martinsville Garden Club and the Garden Study Club have been awarded the Garden Club of Virginia’s 2018 Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award for their joint creation, the Paw Path Pollinator Garden at the Smith River Sports Complex.

Announcement of the award came at the GCV’s Annual Meeting in May, which happened to take place in Martinsville this year. The Garden Study Club treated its guests – some 100 GCV members from around Virginia – to creative, substantive and fun presentations and activities that highlighted the meeting’s theme, “Women on Track.” During one of those sessions, members of the two local clubs heard that their joint project had won the award this year from the GCV’s Conservation Committee.

The award was established in 2009 for the purpose of funding implementation of a conservation project that will serve as a catalyst for community action. The monetary award helps support natural resource conservation or environmental protection within Virginia.

The Paw Path Pollinator Garden, now in its second phase, has already attracted community involvement. Magna Vista High School students created insect “hotels” to welcome pollinators. The hotels have been placed along the Paw Path, with a sign explaining their role in the path’s rich ecosystem. Some Magna Vista students, working in groups, also created webpages with podcasts about the native plants along the trail. The two clubs chose one of the student formats as the standard design to be used on the website being created for the pollinator garden, and purchased a domain name. Students also created QR codes to be placed on signs along the trail so curious visitors, using smart phones and other devices, can get more information about plants that pique their interest.

The next phase of the project entails creation of elementary-level educational materials, based on science SOLs, for use in local school systems. The garden and trail comprise a living classroom where visitors have an opportunity to learn about bees, butterflies and other pollinators, and the plants on which these creatures survive and thrive. The garden and trail could inspire children and adults to help sustain the pollinators that help sustain us all.

 
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