July 13, 2010

Seattle's Pollinator Pathway

Seattle's 2nd Ave NW got a pilot stormwater street (Street Edge Alternatives project) in 2001. This year, Columbia Street will get the Pollinator Pathway initiated by Sarah Bergmann.

Columbia Street's Pollinator Pathway, in progress.  Source: Images created by Studio Matthews in collaboration with the University of Washington design program. http://studiomatthews.com
In an interview with GOOD magazine, Bergmann remarked that "lawn grass has almost no ecological value for pollinators." Using the existing framework of city-owned planting strips maintained by adjacent property owners, Columbia Street residents will create pollinator-friendly gardens by removing grass cover from the planting strip and replacing the lawn with mostly Northwest native flora. Two gardens along the mile stretch have been completed.

Source: Images created by Studio Matthews in collaboration with the University of Washington design program. http://studiomatthews.com
Pollinatorpathway.com provides, among other resources, garden templates and descriptions of the species of bees (Western bumblebee, Orchard Mason bee), butterflies (Pale Swallowtail butterfly, Persius Duskywing), birds (Rufous Hummingbird), and bats that will benefit from the new habitat.  

The Pollinator Pathway, as imagined by Bergmann, is not an island.  It will link Seattle University which "has a long history with sustainable landscaping methods, and houses a pollinator friendly garden" and Nora’s Woods, a 0.35-acre city park "that hosts many native, pollinator friendly plants."

Hat tip: "Pollinator Pathway: Vital Ecology in the Emerald City," Theo Schell-Lambert, GOOD magazine.

4 comments:

  1. This looks like a great idea! I hadn't even heard about it and I live in Seattle, thanks for the article. I'm going to have to go visit it and see how it's working.

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  2. Kelly, glad I could alert you to something in your city. Look forward to your coverage of the pathway.

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  3. Awesome! I like there website with the templates for pollinator gardens. If I lived in the same region, I'd use the templates.

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  4. Sally, glad you found us. Agree; the Pollinator Pathway website is a great resource.

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