In another example of how "good things happen when the community works together," a new community pollinator garden has begun to take shape outside East Hampton Town Hall, in a public-private partnership. The approximately 3,000-square-foot garden was conceived and promoted by ChangeHampton, a community group, and designed by Abby Clough Lawless of Farm Landscape Design.
Designed to be low maintenance and deer-resistant, it is meant to inspire visitors on how to incorporate similar eco-friendly plantings into their own landscapes. Gardens that attract and sustain pollinator species such as bees and butterflies play an important role in our local ecosystem, as pollinators are crucial for the successful growth of food crops and other plants.
A groundbreaking was held on Oct. 27, and on Nov. 5, school groups, community volunteers, town board members, and members of ChangeHampton gathered to prepare garden beds for springtime planting, suppressing grass and weeds with layers of cardboard and mulch using the "lasagna" gardening method. Trees and shrubs were installed, creating a framework for the garden. Students and staff at both the John Marshall Elementary School and East Hampton High School contributed to the effort by stockpiling cardboard and showing up to help. Plants and other supplies were donated by local nurseries.
The new plantings will expand the pollinator gardens on the Town Hall campus, which include a mature perennial garden on the southeast side of Town Hall, installed and maintained by the East Hampton Garden Club, and a wildflower meadow-in-progress on the east lawn of the campus adjacent to Montauk Highway.
For more information, visit https://www.changehampton.org/project/town-hall/