Experience the living landscape at a tucked away Nantucket home to learn about planting and maintaining your own successful pollinator garden. From garden design and choosing proper native plants to keeping bees and attracting birds, butterflies and other insects, experts Rita Higgins (landscape design), Emily Molden of the Nantucket Land Council (monarchs and other pollinators) and Alden Lenhart (beekeeping) will teach you how to create and maintain a sustainable, edible oasis.
As the finale, participants will learn how to harvest honey, all while enjoying a sampling of local honey from island beekeepers.
About the gardens at 62 South Shore Road:
The homeowner’s main goal was to create a sustainable and edible landscape that was organic, conserved water, and provided an inviting habitat for pollinators and birds. With the help of landscape designer Rita Higgins, this became a shared vision. Rita introduced her design talents with the creation of a Hugelkulter pollinator garden in an artistic serpentine form. Filled with native flowering plants and herbs, the garden was intended to be colorful and beautiful and also attract a variety of pollinators. The Hugelkultur raised bed method provided such a fertile environment for growth that the plants, all planted as plugs in June, developed into a well established and dense garden by summer’s end that was teeming with pollinating insects.