Planners of the new pollinator garden at Coastal Alabama's campus in Fairhope hope that bees, butterflies and people flutter by for a look and a short stay.The Baldwin County Master Gardeners program …
Planners of the new pollinator garden at Coastal Alabama's campus in Fairhope hope that bees, butterflies and people flutter by for a look and a short stay.
The Baldwin County Master Gardeners program has maintained the greenhouse at Coastal Alabama's Fairhope campus since the horticulture program was shuttered at the location several years ago.
This spring, volunteers worked to place a pollinator garden across from the campus' Dahlgren Hall. There bees, butterflies and moths are drawn to the brightly colored native plants that fuel them through the summer months.
Mary Calvin, vice president of the Master Gardeners and coordinator of the college greenhouse, said planners hope passersby will enjoy the garden and be inspired to create their own.
"We have a shortage of bees and we're trying to give them food to keep them coming around," Calvin said. "Most of what we eat has to be pollinated so we want to help them eat."