Pollinator Garden Tour

On Sunday afternoon, June 26th, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Pollinator Pathway team, under the leadership of Kevin Crowe and Elizabeth Poyet, held their Second Annual Pollinator Garden Tour featuring 17 houses and the Jay Heritage Estate Gardens.


The event was designed to showcase the efforts of local residents, with or without professional native garden landscapers, on properties small and large, to help butterflies, bees and birds. Much habitat has been lost due to increasing development and, especially, the use of pesticides and herbicides in our yards.  Over 150 Garden visitors were thrilled and delighted to discover butterflies fluttering around colorful blossoms.


They heard how to attract beneficial insects and make compost in their own backyards from experienced gardeners who are happy to talk all day about their favorite subjects. Some of the many new features this year included a reclaimed wetland/rain garden designed to absorb heavy rainfall and a lovely property on a millpond with an extensive vegetable garden. 


The Larchmont Library offered water, a rest stop and a table for the brochures, seeds and maps handed out on the day. The Jay Heritage Center led special tours of their newly restored, formal walled gardens, which include a sensory garden, reflecting pool and 28 native species. LMPP also reached out to Pelham and New Rochelle, who opened their gardens in the morning, to create a mini–Sound Shore Pollinator Garden Tour. 


Catherine Lepone and Katherine Pannell were involved with outreach.


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