Wildflower Gardens

TES led a partnership of local not-for-profit organizations and small businesses in converting a 300-square-foot open field into a pollinator garden. Located on the property of the local wastewater treatment facility, the field had undergone repeated tilling but had never been cultivated as a wildlife habitat. Working closely with the superintendent of the wastewater treatment facility and experts in environmental health and native plants, the partnership transformed this otherwise undesirable space into a wildlife habitat. Replacing invasive plants with native grasses, flowers, and shrubs will attract a range of at-risk wildlife including butterflies, bees, and small mammals. In time, the space will be a living classroom for local residents and students, demonstrating how plants can help us address pollution and odors and provide beautiful spaces for relaxation, contemplation, exercise, and learning.