In 2016, the Conservancy began introducing a series of new garden spaces intended to connect a corridor of plants designed to attract and support pollinator species. This Pollinator Ribbon weaves the entire length of The Greenway from Chinatown to the North End.
All seed propagated plants depend on pollinating insects or other small animals to fertilize their flowers and allow seeds and fruits to form and spread. This is how plants reproduce, and how we get the fruits, berries, and vegetables we love to eat. The goal of the Pollinator Ribbon is to provide these vital wildlife pollinators, including bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, and certain birds, with nectar and pollen from a rich selection of three-season flowering plants. Beginning with plants like early crocus flowers in March, coneflower and milkweed in summer, and aster and goldenrod late into November, we supply food, nesting areas and habitat for these important species.
Watch for this bee and flower icon, special signage, and beneficial insect habitat homes throughout The Greenway. These are located in the garden areas specifically designed with many native insect-attracting plants.