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Fri, March 27, 2020


Not only does the Paw Path Pollinator Garden exist at the Smith River Sports Complex, it now exists online at

A website for the joint project of the Martinsville Garden Club and the Garden Study Club launched earlier this month.

Visitors to the website can get information about the Paw Path Pollinator Garden, its origins, purpose, those who helped make it happen and more.

The website devotes much space to information about the native plants planted in the garden -- gardens, actually, as there is one at either end of the trail -- and those planted along the trail itself. Pollinators need native plants in order to survive.

Pollination wouldn't happen without the pollinators themselves, creatures on whom so much depends but who face challenges to their existence. So the website has information about some pollinators.

Then, too, the website offers the basic information people would need in order to find the Paw Path Pollinator Gardens and other helpful how-to information.

Finally, the website has links to other relevant sites that might be of interest to visitors.

The website's creation happened thanks to the work of many, led by Becky Farrar, who heads up our club's Paw Path efforts. Kim Canipe, a new MGC member last year, put her professional web and graphic design skills to work and created the website. Susan Morten assisted her. Under the leadership of Judy Ware, Judy Epperly and others, the Paw Path Pollinator Garden project has had lots of help from both clubs. Just about everybody has weeded, cut back brush, planted, cleaned up and helped with the tasks needed to keep it all going.

The project got a big hand from Magna Vista Warrior Tech students led by their teacher Joel Preston Bunn. The students researched and wrote about many of the native plants that were planted in the gardens and along the trail. The garden clubs added information about plants that have been planted since the students completed their work.

And the Garden Club of Virginia played a bedrock-role through its Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award, which was created to help support natural resource conservation or environmental protection within Virginia. Two years ago, the two Martinsville clubs gratefully received the award that helps support this project.

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