In case you haven't heard the news, pollinators need our help! From Monarch butterflies to bumble bees, native and imported pollinators (honeybees) are on the decline for many reasons, including loss of habitat.
Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. It's not too late to start thinking about enhancing landscapes around homes and in public spaces like churches, parks, schools, and businesses -- anywhere where there is space for a garden large or small. Pollinators positively affect all our lives- let's SAVE them!
Two ways we can do to help pollinators is to plant native plants in our landscapes and use as few pesticides as possible. (See Pollinator Partnership’s “7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators” below)
This Saturday May 30 is the last Saturday of the month, and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail’s Trailhead Nursery will have open hours from Noon until 4 pm. We have a growing inventory of native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and sedges available to purchase to support the nursery as well as help increase biodiversity in our landscapes and support pollinators. The Friends is a non-profit organization that supports the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail that runs through this area of Tennessee and provides outstanding scenic vistas as well as a rich diversity of flora and fauna. We DO NOT use systemic pesticides and use only organic pest control as necessary (our milkweeds are not treated with ANY pesticides).
For more information about what you can do to help pollinators, go to http://pollinator.org/7things.htm. For more information about Trailhead Nursery and a list of plants in our inventory, go here: www.trailheadnursery.weebly.com. Trailhead Nursery is located at 54 Miller Cove Road, just 1.9 miles across the Sequatchie County Road off Taft Highway on Signal Mountain.
Proceeds from plant sales go to support the mission of the Friends of the Cumberland Trail to preserve and protect the ecology, history and culture of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail.