Pollinator Pathways is a public art and environmental project focused along North Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. During the Summer of 2020, pollinator plants will be planted in each planter and placed on North Snelling Avenue. Future planters could connect pollinator plantings in Union Park and Mac Groveland to plantings on the Hamline University campus and Midway’s community gardens (both of which host apiaries.)
Expect future walking tours, demonstrations, and community gatherings to be announced as the project unfolds.
Special thanks to Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America for funding the Pollinator Pathways through a generous grant.
Registration Now Open for Workshops!
Come make community while making literal pieces of art for the pollinators responsible for the food on our tables! You are invited to participate in creating mosaic flower planters that will live along the Snelling corridor!
The workshops will run every other week, Thursdays from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 3pm- 6pm. The workshops are free and open to the public and volunteers must be at least 11 years old, due to the materials involved in the creation of mosaic pieces.
Limited space availability (15 volunteers per session max.) All workshops take place at Mosaic on a Stick, located at 1564 Lafond Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
What to Know:
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and water bottle to stay hydrated! All other materials will be provided.
Parking is located on the left side of Lafond Ave in the small lot next to Hamline Park, along with public street parking. There is a ramp accessible door located at the bottom and back of MOAS and two others doors at the front and back of the building atop a flight of stairs.
Phone: (651) 645-6600 (Mosaic on a Stick)
About This Project
Our project is both a public art project and a public garden planter project with a focus on native pollinators. While the mosaic art on the ten new planters will have a pollinator design, the plants we choose for the planters will provide nectar and habitat for these insects, which in Minnesota include several varieties of solitary bees, bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds. Our hope is that these patches of color and beauty enrich the lives of the people who live work and play along North Snelling Avenue as well as helping protect our small pollinator friends.
Because the planters we install will be above the ground and vulnerable to winter cold, our initial planting will focus on hardy annual plants with special attraction for pollinators. A major benefit of annual flowering plants is that they will bloom for the entire growing season. We have based our plant choices on our own experience and research being done at the U of M demonstration gardens around the state.
“While there is a lot of research on how (perennial) native plants help pollinators, there’s not much on the interaction of pollinators and annual flowers. Many people want to do their part, but may only have space for annual plantings” We envision this project as part of a larger neighborhood effort to increase pollinator-friendly plantings, both annual and perennial, in both private gardens and public spaces.
Vervain Verbena bonariensis Attracts monarch butterflies, eastern tiger swallowtails, fritillaries, giant swallowtails, hairsteaks, bumblebees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds, painted ladies, red admirals, skippers, sulphurs, and more.
Milkweed Asclepias currasavica Attracts hummingbirds, bees and many butterflies. Host and nectar plant for monarch butterflies.
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia “Prairie Sun” The most attractive annual to pollinators at HMR Farm, a U of M demonstration plot. “R. Prairie Sun was loved by native bees, wasps, flies, stink bugs, and butterflies. Caterpillars were often found feasting on this plant”.
Zinnia Zinnia elegans ‘Profusion’ series Butterflies are most drawn to zinnia varieties with a clear yellow center, which is the disk floret that provides nectar to pollinators.
Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus Hummingbirds are especially attracted to the shape of nasturtium flowers but they are loved by many bees as well.
Hyssop Agastache species Another magnet for bees, hummingbirds, and many butterflies.
Sunflower Helianthus ‘Music Box’ Sunflowers are pollinator superheroes, for many reasons – brightly colored for easy visibility from a distance, with abundant sources of both pollen and nectar. They are attractive to many bees and their broad, flat faces make it easy for butterflies and other large-winged insects to land on them and their lush foliage provides an excellent food source for butterfly caterpillars.
Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum muticum Attractive to a number of beneficial pollinators, recommended for rusty-patched bumblebee.
Pollinator Pathway, Seattle, WA http://www.pollinatorpathway.com
“Tiny Pollinators Need Wildlife Corridors Too” https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/pollinator-pathway/513395
Pollinator Pathway Northeast https://www.pollinator-pathway.org
Pollinator Pathway Project, London, Ontario https://www.pollinatorpathwaysproject.com
What is a Pollinator Pathway?
• a pesticide-free corridor of public and private properties that provide native plant habitat and nutrition for pollinators
• towns and property owners that create healthy yards and public spaces for pollinators, pets & families
What are pollinators?
• insects, birds or other animals that move pollen from one plant to another
• they enable the cross fertilization of plants promoting reproduction and the growth of new plants
• more than 30% of our food grows as a result of the work pollinators do
Lori Greene: Owner, Mosaic On A Stick
Audrey Matson: Owner, Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
I am a gardener, small business owner and long-term resident of Hamline Midway. A farm girl from central Minnesota, I came to St. Paul to attend Hamline University, and eventually settled in the neighborhood, in a renovated Victorian house surrounded by chickens and gardens. My ongoing interest in combining city life with farming led me to open Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply, where we sell supplies for backyard homesteading and food growing, with a recent added focus on the flowers and pollinators that help make that happen. I have a Masters of Agriculture in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and am a Certified Professional with the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association. Fifteen years ago my young family participated in a mosaic planter project with Mosaic on a Stick and I am excited to help bring this community art project back to the Midway. My hope is that the Pollinator Pathways project will both beautify our city streets with amazing mosaic art, created by neighborhood residents working together and also provide flowering habitat for our many native pollinators.