Pollinator Restoration Project at Lenoir Greenway

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The Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Association of Caldwell County has been busy this season! If you have walked or driven by the greenway entrance off Powell Rd. recently, you may have noticed a difference.

The associations vice president, Jeffrey Smith, wrote and received a grant for our Master Gardener Association to install native plants in efforts to restore pollinator habitats. With collaborative efforts from the City of Lenoir and our Master Gardener Association, we were able to install our first round of native plants and shrubs, as well as some much-needed gravel paths!

The purpose of this project is twofold. We are restoring pollinator habitats and demonstrating to folks how and what to use when landscaping with native plants. Once the project is complete, each plant will have a label indicating what it is. The signage will be similar to the trees you see labeled along the greenway.

One of the reasons this part of the greenway was chosen was because of its visibility and because of its challenging site conditions. If you’ve parked at this entrance, you’ve probably noticed how wet that area usually stays. Landscaping in wetter sites poses more issues and difficulties compared to other sites. By landscaping this area with native plants, we hope to show people how and what to plant when dealing with similar site conditions.

 Plants and gravel path installed near the wooden kiosk off Powell Rd.

Plants and gravel path installed near the wooden kiosk off Powell Rd.

When this project is finished, the site will have over 20 different native species. With the first phase of this project complete, we plan to have the second and final phase completed by the spring of 2023.

The Caldwell County Master Gardener Association is very excited about this project and we hope you all will swing by and check out the hard work we put into this project. The City of Lenoir was a huge help and was wonderful to work with. We are proud to be members of such an awesome community and look forward to completing this project in the spring!

If you would like to learn more about the Extension Master Gardener program, please visit the Extension Master Gardener website.