Botanical garden project boosts pollinators

  • Hart County students and representatives from the State Botanical Gardens plant native plants recently.
    Hart County students and representatives from the State Botanical Gardens plant native plants recently.
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Students at Hart County High School were offered a unique opportunity Wednesday, Oct. 23, when they took part in planting a new pollinator garden outside the Hart College and Career Academy greenhouse. As part of a project sponsored by the State Botanical Gardens of the University of Georgia, the Archway Partnership and the Hart County Charter System, the two new raised-bed gardens are planned to be a breeding ground for both native insects and native plantlife.

Known as the “Connect to Protect” program, the project is an effort to support native wildlife by providing nectar, pollen, food and shelter for insects, specifically native insects such as bees, wasps, beetles, butterflies and even flies. In addition to supplying nutrients and breeding grounds for native species, the garden is also a link to education through the Botanical Garden and university system with educational materials to be used in classrooms to encourage students to understand the natural, native world around them.

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