Pollinator Garden

Bayberry Garden – a Native Pollinator Pathway

Previously a patch of grass and weeds, the Bayberry common area traffic island is now a pollinator garden. Native shrubs and wildflowers planted here provide food and shelter for the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that summer in New York.

Pollinators are declining worldwide, posing a threat to both agriculture and our natural environments. This traffic island is intended to serve as a demonstration garden of wildflowers Bayberry residents might grow on their own property. 

How was the garden created?

The grass was smothered with layers of newspapers and several inches of topsoil in May and June.

After a few weeks, the established grass died off and the soil was suitable for planting. In early July, a group of campers from Bayberry Summer Camp helped in the design and installation of the plants.

The patch is protected from browsing deer, rabbits, and groundhogs with a fence. In the initial summer season, the plants are watered using a soaker hose on a timer while the root system gets established. In the fall, leaves that accumulate will create a mulch to help protect and nourish the overwintering plants. The stalks and plant matter will remain over the winter to serve as homes for hibernating insects and then will be cut back when the weather warms again in the spring.

Plants listed by label # in the Garden

Common Name
Species name
1Golden AlexanderZizia aurea2′ – 3′goldMay – June
2Blue StarAmsonia Tabernaemontana2′ – 3′blueMay – June
3Foxglove BeardtonguePenstemon digitalis3′ – 5′whiteMay – July
4TickseedCoreopsis verticillata1′ – 3′yellowJune – Aug
5Garden PhloxPhlox maculata2′ – 3′purpleJune – Aug
6Butterflyweed (Milkweed)Asclepias tuberosa1′ – 3′orangeJune – Aug
7Blackeyed SusanRudbeckia hirta2′ – 3′yellowJune – Sept
8Swamp MilkweedAsclepias incarnata2′ – 4′pinkJune – Sept
9BeebalmMonarda didyma3′ – 4′redJune – Sept
10Cardinal flowerLobelia cardinalis3′ – 6′redJuly – Sept
11Wild BergamotMonarda fistulosa3′ – 6′redJuly – Sept
12Mountain MintPycnanthenum tenuifolium1′ – 3′whiteJuly – Sept
13ConeflowerEchinacea purperea2′ – 5′purpleJuly – Sept
14Dense blazing starLiatris spicata3′ – 4′purpleJuly – Sept
15Joe-pye WeedEutrochium dubium5′ – 8′purpleJuly – Oct
16Bayberry BushMyrica pensylvanica5′ – 10′yellowJuly – Oct
17New England AsterSymphyotrichum novae-angliae4′ – 8′purpleAug – Oct

Ways you can get involved?

  • Look for planting, weeding and cleanup days.
  • Plant a diverse collection of native plants in your own yard, much like what has been planted here, or refer to this useful list by the Xerces Society.