The Pollinator Project
Pollinator gardens serve as a food source for a variety of flowers and plants that share a mutualistic relationship with pollinating insects and birds, such as butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, etc.
With the help of a few environmentally conscious residents, the City of Westlake has been working since the Fall of 2022 to accommodate and help facilitate the creation of numerous pollinator gardens throughout the community.
Susan Baker, a longtime member of the Westlake Tree Commission and judge for Westlake in Bloom, and Deb Daugherty approached Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough with the idea of creating pollinator gardens as a mean so of beautifying the City. The idea was given his support and the City of Westlake is committed to supporting the creation of these environmentally-friendly gardens.
The overall intent and goal for the Pollinator Project revolves around public education, outreach and involvement. Pollinators are a vital resource in plant and food production and plant survival. Both plants and pollinators are an important part of human life and sharing this information of their necessity and native origin is key to improving local sustainability, beautification and population.
Feel free to send us photos and information about your pollinator garden at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or post them to social media with the hashtags #ThePollinatorProject and #WestlakeCommunity!
Did You Know?
Each public garden created for this project will have a QR code (see the image to the right) that can be scanned from any mobile device to learn more about that particular garden and The Pollinator Project as a whole.
Do you have a pollinator garden in your yard? Are thinking of planting one? You can get it certified as an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation by visiting MonarchWatch.org. Once it is certified, you can get a "Pollinator Area" yard sign by contacting the Westlake Service Department at 440-835-6432.