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On Sept. 8, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) will celebrate the installation of new pollinator gardens in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park. During “Birds, Bees & Butterflies” at the National Canal Museum, park visitors can learn about pollinators through crafts and other activities. At 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. that day, Edge of the Woods Native Nursery horticulturalist Sue Tantsits will talk about the importance of pollinators and the native plants that support them.
The three pollinator gardens are the brainchild of Easton City Forester Rob Christopher. “Having been with the City of Easton for a little over two years now, I have grown fond of working in Hugh Moore Park and caring for its trees and plants in any way I can,” he says. “I recognized the lack of many native pollinating plants within the park. My hope is that these gardens not only attract insects, hummingbirds and wildlife that will benefit from it, but also become a destination for teaching people of all ages about native plants and the critical role of pollinators in our environment.”
The pollinator gardens were made possible by a mini grant award to the City of Easton from the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape program, administered by D&L and funded by a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund. Lehigh Valley Greenways is one of seven Conservation Landscapes supported by Pennsylvania DCNR and includes more than 25 organizations and municipal partners in Lehigh and Northampton Counties dedicated to the conservation of and connection to our natural resources.
Event activities are free. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 3-15).