Beecatur, working with the City of Decatur, is working to create and maintain Decatur's first dedicated pollinator habitat at 115 Willow Lane.
The habitat, a reclaimed residential site in the "Upper Superior" neighborhood, is a corner lot bounded by Glenn Creek on the northern side. The site features established dogwoods, pines, and cherries. Beecatur's plan for the site is to reintroduce pollinator-friendly native plants, trees, and shrubs.
On April 21, Beecatur staff and an intrepid group of volunteers tilled the site and planted 65 draught-friendly native plants selected by city arborist Kay Evanovich and GSU Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden manager Christine Patrum. Installed plants and shrubs included coneflower, mountain mint, bee balm, quince, pawpaws, and more.
On our fall work day in September we expanded the original planting area and installed 65 more plants including Joe Pye Weed, native hydrangeas, and dwarf blueberries.
The pollinator habitat is maintained by Beecatur staff with generous assistance from master gardeners and neighbors. We invite you to visit and see how many native bee and butterfly species you can spot.
Below are photos from our first community work day is April 21, 2018.