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.
To celebrate 10 Years of The Greenway, the Greenway Conservancy is excited to announce the 2019 installation of beehives on the park! Building on our 2016 creation of the Greenway's Pollinator Ribbon, the beehives are part of our sustainable park initiatives, which include organic landcare and the creation of a wildflower meadow one block north.
Our hives, which are fenced off from the public at the corner of Cross St and Commercial St, are home to colonies of Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, known to be especially docile and great honey producers. The bees are active from early spring through late fall, collecting nectar and helping to pollinate flowers and edible plants up to three miles away!