MONTCLAIR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INFO@MTCENV.ORG Sept. 11, 2017
Additional Contact: Lyle Landon, Co-chair, 201-247- 0288
POLLINATOR GARDEN PRESS RELEASE
A dedication of the Pollinator Garden at Watchung Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 PM. The Pollinator Garden was made possible through grants from ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions) and the Montclair Garden Club to the Montclair Environmental Commission (MEC). The project began last October and would not have been possible without the contribution of over 80 hours of labor performed by MEC, Montclair Garden club members, citizen volunteers and a youth group, who built the raised beds, prepared the soil, purchased the plants and building materials, planted, watered and weeded. The result is a thriving garden of native, deer resistant plants, providing nectar and pollen for bees, birds, butterflies and bats. Educational placards will be posted on the day of the event.
The public is invited to the family-friendly presentation which will include short scientific explanations and musical interludes about bees, birds, butterflies and bats. The importance of pollination to our ecosystems, and its connection to healthy food, will be explained. Councilman Sean Spiller, liaison to MEC, and Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Robin Schlager will offer opening remarks. The short science segments will be presented by MEC members, the Montclair Community Farms group and other experts. The musical numbers will be performed by local musicians and include Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimski-Korsakov), Blackbird (Beatles), Butterfly (Mariah Carey) and Bat out of hell (Meatloaf). TV 34 will film the event and it will be the next subject of A Greener Day, MEC’s monthly environmental show. The presenters and Master Gardeners will be on hand afterwards to answer questions from the audience and the mobile farm stand truck will be parked nearby for fresh produce purchases.
The public is encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs for comfort. If inclement weather forces a cancellation a notification will be posted on the MEC website: mtcenv.org. The Montclair Environmental Commission meets monthly at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month, and the meetings are open to the public.