Pollinator garden planted at Hillandale Park

Published: Apr. 27, 2018 at 5:17 PM EDT
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Landscape workers finished planting a pollinator garden in Hillandale Park on Friday — the first of may soon see popping up around the city and the state.

Pollinator gardens are meant to attract bees, birds, and butterflies.

Flowers like bee balm, cone flower, black-eyed susans, ticseed and sunflowers were planted to attract them.

Landscape manager Mike Hott said as pollinators habitats are destroyed they continue to leave, the importance of these types of gardens grows.

"Some people just take it for granted, but you can't. Because we rely on all of this, and they rely on it. The more we take away, we need to start figuring out how to put it back," said Hott.

There is a path through the garden so people can come enjoy watching the pollinators at work.

Hott said if anybody can join in to help by planting their own garden.

"You're starting to take away a lot of stuff. Not only here, but across the country. So, anything you can do, whether its an area that's ten times smaller than this or 100 times bigger than this, every little bit counts" said Hott.

He said gardens like this will be put in all of the parks in Harrisonburg, and after teaming up with VDOT, there will also be gardens at all of the interchanges along Interstate 81.