Creating essential habitat in our community for our vital & vulnerable pollinators
June 3rd, 2020
Dear Friends,
We share in the nation's mourning this past week for lives lost and in recognizing the systematization of injustice and racism in our country's institutions. This is a strong community -- where caring for others is primary, and we join all of you in seeking real and lasting change.  May we accomplish much together.

With our passion for gardening, you may be interested in how the folks at Soul Fire Farm have sought to grow food while growing a just society.
With love in our hearts.  
Pollinator Pathway Committee
Creating Container Gardens 
Native & Pollinator Friendly


From the Missouri Botanical Garden:
Virtually any native plant that captures your fancy can be grown in containers. The following guide includes container recipes, as well as provides an alternative selection of native plants that make excellent container additions. The plants are divided into three categories: Thrillers (plants with some striking characteristics that will draw attention to your container), Fillers (plants to add mass to your container), and Spillers (plants that will drape over the sides of your container). Combine plants from all three categories to achieve desirable container combinations.  

Use your imagination when thinking of containers filled with natives but do follow this rule: never dig wild plants by thinking they will thrive in your location. Two negative outcomes usually result from such attempts— a dead plant in your landscape and another plant that has disappeared from the wild. Instead, select plants that can be grown from seed or purchased from reputable nurseries. 
For more great examples, visit Shaw Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden or the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden where you can find combinations of native plants in various containers and settings. For more information, we recommend the Containers for Growing Plants visual guide, as well as, the Grow Native! guide: Missouri Native Plant Container Designs.

Below are two examples of how to layout a container garden, one for sun and one for shade: Please note this information comes from Missouri, plant suggestions may not be native in the Woodstock area, you can easily check what is native in our area by visiting the Prairie Moon Nursery website where you can look up information on specific plants including a native range map.

The Lady Bird Johnson Center for Wildflowers has some helpful information on soil, containers, and placement of containers.
Coming Soon...
Two more Webinars with Karin Ursula Edmondson

Save the Date for two one-hour webinars with ecological gardener,
Karin Ursula Edmondson, June 25th, 7pm and July 9th, 7pm.

June 25th - How to identify what is already growing on your property.

July 9th - How to analyze your specific site conditions to help guide you in your planting decisions.

Further details to follow.
Show us your gardens! Send in beautiful photos!

We are so excited that so many of you have joined the Pathway, creating habitat for pollinators! We want to encourage others in the community to join to make sure the Pathway project is as successful as possible.  One way to do that is to share beautiful & inspirational photos of the pollinator gardens of those already on the Pathway.

Send your pollinator garden photos to so we can share them in our weekly emails and on our social media channels.

Let's work together to get the community buzzing about creating pollinator habitat!
Community Connections

Free one-hour-long landscape and garden consultation if you make a contribution at the level you choose to the Woodstock Pollinator Pathway Project.  Elizabeth Simonson is a professional gardener and landscape designer, owner of Blue Mountain Gardens, working in the Woodstock area for over 20 years. Her normal hourly rate is$125. Click here for photos of Elizabeth's work.
Contact us if this appeals to you at

Are you a gardener in search of a garden? 
A homeowner on Park Drive off of Maverick Rd in Woodstock has 4 good sized raised gardens which you can use if you like to plant for pollinators or grow your veggies.  There’s a shed available and also a half bath in the house that you can use.  Contact us if this appeals to you at
Why sharing our pathway efforts with your neighbors matters! 

The Woodstock Pollinator Pathway's main goal is to build a "pathway" of closely connected pollinator-friendly habitats, neighborhood by neighborhood.  Many pollinators cannot fly far without access to food and shelter. And our individual yards are part of a larger ecosystem that pollinators need to move around in. A pathway creates connected pollinator-friendly areas in our own and our neighbors' yards. It is vital to our efforts to ask you to speak to your neighbors and encourage them to join this effort.  
In Case You Missed it!

Did you know the Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway has a YouTube channel! All of our video resources and recorded webinars are now available in one place. Check out our YouTube channel here

Recorded Webinars: Video Resources:
The Map
The map shows the pollinator areas created by people who have joined the Woodstock, NY Pollinator Pathway.  We hope to have pollinator gardens as close together as possible so that pollinators can fly easily from one to another.  So, encourage your neighbors to create pollinator habitat and join the pathway!
When making a donation please make note the donation is for the Pollinator Pathway.
Join the pathway & find resources at our website
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