Community Pollinator Garden at East Hampton Town Hall. A public-private partnership between ChangeHampton and Town of East Hampton.
OUR COMMUNITY NATIVE & POLLINATOR GARDEN AT EAST HAMPTON TOWN HALL VS. CLIMATE EMERGENCY, GLOBAL WARMING & SPECIES LOSS
Bill McKibben in an essay this week in the New Yorker reviews the catastrophic climate events taking place around the world, from overheated oceans, to record-breaking temperatures everywhere on ground, to massive floods and serious droughts. But he encourages us to find the beauty in our natural environments and in our community effort to counteract this man-made crisis.
“The planet remains stirringly beautiful, and that beauty must be one of the things that moves us to act. And so must the beauty that people can produce; we can take the deadly power of the sun and, with a panel, convert it into the electrons that help cool our homes in a heat wave. If all of that sounds overblown, scientists say that this past week broke records for the hottest days in about a hundred and twenty-five thousand years, which takes us back to the bare edge of the human story.”
Drop by to see the beauty of the garden. Late day is coolest. See our Town Hall Community Garden Project.
We’re working on signage and website info about each of the many dozens of plant species. See our Town Hall project on our website.
Yes, 90% of gardening is WEEDING! Come and join the new weeding battalion. Volunteer an hour or two every other week. Enjoy the changing phases of the garden, meet new fascinating people, make new friends! Contact us: email@example.com
The History of the Garden:
It takes a community to make a garden of this size and ambition!
A very special thanks to:
Edwina von Gal for her inspiration and mentoring
Abby Clough Lawless of Farm Landscape Design for her generosity of time and creative brilliance in designing and directing the garden process;
Conserva Irrigation for donating a sophisticated irrigation system
Our financial donors made the garden a reality:
Long Island Community Foundation
JM Kaplan Fund
Additional Local Business support:
Eco-Harmony Inc. for professional landscaping
Whitmores for tree and shrub donations
Fowlers Garden Center
Special thanks to all of our individual financial donors and those who contributed their time and labor to preparing beds for winter, weeding in the spring and planting and mulching as the garden went in.
This includes East Hampton middle and high school students and teachers, parents & seniors, master gardeners & journalists & photographers.
TO ALL: WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL!
Including the Town of East Hampton! and…
Our ChangeHampton Team: Christine Ganitsch, Patty Collins, Paul Gartside, Len Green, Linda James, Kathy Masters, Ken Maxwell, Paul McIsaac, Paul Muñoz, Gail Pellett, Stephan Van Dam, Alicia Whitaker & Roxanne Zimmer.
We are thinking about a world that is flooding in some regions while experiencing existential heat and drought in others. Water usage as well as safety and health of our single Long Island aquifer is very much on our minds.
In May this year, ChangeHanpton launched THE 1000 HEALTHY YARDS campaign to create a movement of residential property owners on the South Fork who are concerned about habitat loss and pesticide use that has contributed to the catastrophic collapse of birds, bees, insects, and pollinators.
The impact of lawn chemicals on our water quality —the poisoning of our single aquifer and bays —is under-researched despite Suffolk County’s use of some 1,700 different biocides to a total of more than 16.5 million lbs of pesticides annually, more than any other county in the state.
What we do in our yards has consequences on our eco-system and our health. Join our movement to create healthy, bio-diverse, non-toxic, resilient and sustainable yards and landscapes. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Native trees, shrubs, grasses and plants sequester carbon and help with the cycle of nitrogen and phosphorous. Their deep roots clean toxins from our soil and underground water. They require much less water to flourish than lawns which are America’s largest water crop. Furthermore they have evolved with our birds, insects and pollinators to provide the food and pollen for their survival. They do the eco-system work we need to survive!
DONATE TO CHANGEHAMPTON AND WE WILL DELIVER A YARD SIGN. JOIN OUR MOVEMENT! CONTACT US: email@example.com
On July 18, ChangeHampton Advisory Committee member, Roxanne Zimmer, from Cornell Univ. Extension, will be giving a talk on re-imagining lawns, rain gardens and the complex issue of cultivars. More info:
Edwina Von Gal, our honorary advisor and inspiration, produces beautiful and deeply informative newsletters through her organization, Prfct Earth, about sustainable healthy landscaping practices. More info here:
ChangeHampton’s Tour of Edwina von Gal’s garden in July, 2022
POTS FOR POLLINATORS
ChangeHampton’s advisory committee member, Alicia Whitaker, and CH supporter, Joan DiMonda, both with the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, will make a zoom presentation about Pots for Pollinators on July 18 at 4 pm. More info here.
Be sure to scroll down in that newsletter to see Alicia’s guidelines for their Pollinator Pots discussion, and the list of resources for creating pollinator gardens as well as an excellent starting list of pollinator plants!
WHAT WE’RE DISCUSSING & RESEARCHING :
COMPLEXITIES & NUANCES OF PLANTING CULTIVARS
VS. NATIVE PLANTS…
To understand the complexity we began with an interview with Doug Tallamy, the famous entomologist whose book Bringing Nature Home has been an inspiration. Check out this interview to understand the terminology: cultivars, vs. nativars, vs. hybrids & native plants.
This article outlines some of the controversy. And this article from The National Wildlife Federation pleads for more research and is an important read.
ChangeHampton’s Len Green poses the question: “Since resilient eco-systems require genetic complexity and diversity in order to adjust to change, do cultivars provide that?”
Horticulturalist and landscape designer, Benjamin Vogt, author of Prairie Up & A New Garden Ethic, has an important blog post on “cultivars.” See our newsletter on Neonic pesticides and why we need to support efforts to ban them. Neonic pesticides attack the nervous systems of insects, animals and humans.
In our newsletter about Neonics we reported on the effort to regulate this powerful insecticide in New York State through the Birds and Bees Protection Act (A7640/S1856A).
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been encouraging voters of New York State to lobby their state reps to support this Act. This spring the state legislature voted to support it. The legislation now sits on the Governor’s desk while the chemical and agriculture industries are pushing back. So the NRDC is encouraging us to write directly to Gov. Kathy Hochul. Here’s their letter to the Gov. It is important that we now write individual letters to the Gov. Here’s how to sign on.
Please do so BEFORE JULY 19. Timing is critical.
Land Use, Land clearing and Stress from Over-development
ChangeHampton, with its mission of promoting restorative native landscaping, is also following the important East Hampton Town Board work of re-examining zoning regulations to reduce land clearing and the stress on our landscape and natural habitats from over-development and out-of-control building scale and size. A working committee addressing these concerns has submitted an initial document for discussion. It’s on the East Hampton Town website here.
Some of our ChangeHampton team and volunteers in our East Hampton Town Hall Garden in June. Laurie Petroske, Stephan Van Dam, Len Green, Paul Muñoz, Gail Pellett, Kathy Masters, Paul Gartside, Aubrey Peterson and Barbara Burnside. Photo: Richard Lewin