BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Livingston County Master Gardener, Cathy Montgomery, helped create a school pollinator garden at Flanagan Elementary School long before pollinator gardens gained their popularity. As you approach the garden, you are greeted by the tall silphiums, asters, joe pye weed, cosmos, marigolds, & zinnias that are all in full bloom, just in time to welcome the new school year.
One Flanagan teacher wrote, “The garden looks AMAZING! I love everything everyone planted out there! It is so cool that we have this opportunity for our students. I truly appreciate you giving your time to do this with us! I am taking my class out there Friday morning to see everything. I cannot wait to see their reactions! “
University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners, Diana McGuckin and Mary Schneider have just begun a new garden at the Flanagan Library and are taking the education to the next level. In a few years’ time, their garden will be just as lush and floriferous as the elementary school’s pollinator garden. Despite the plants being small, the flowers have still already attracted a plethora of bees and butterflies.
This is a great project to represent the hard work and efforts of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners in Flanagan. The community is thankful for these volunteers and the work they have done to make a difference in their community one plant or bug at a time.
— Kelly Allsup
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
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