Planting of pollinator plants was completed Tuesday 9/11/18 at Loren Thompson Park in Baxter. Volunteers helped with the planting and the three-year project is nearly complete. The event had seven adults and five children working together to plant 350 assorted plants from Coneflowers to Goldenrod, Bee Balm, Blue Aster, four types of milkweed and countless other species carefully designed to attract and sustain butterflies and bees.
The project was begun three years ago as a Crow Wing Power “GreenTouch” program. For many years Crow Wing Power has helped State and Local parks with the help of volunteers, many of them members of Crow Wing Power’s electric cooperative. Three years ago, the City of Baxter was ready to build an educational pollinator garden for area residents. Master Naturalist Ken Lueken was asked to step in as a volunteer consultant and has provided some of the plants and advice over the years. The City of Baxter has provided tools and labor and Crow Wing Power has helped with paving, signage, volunteering and plants.
This year Ken had other Master Gardeners, Coralee Fox and Dorothy Hans helped with Master Naturalist Rick Hans digging in as well.
Crow Wing Power and the City of Baxter had a couple of employee volunteers and member Britany West brought her home-schooled five children, Connor, Parker, Maddison, Evander and baby Alexander. They learned how to dig holes, space and properly plant plants and the value of volunteering and planting pollinators.