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Plant-Pollinator Gardening


Adult Enrichment / Home & Garden -
Winter 2022

Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways: Jean Devine, Brucie Moulton, Sarah Wang, and Kim DeAndrade; and Elaine Crowder of Arlington MA Invasives

Ever wonder why certain native or invasive plants take over your garden? Want a few tips on how to change the dynamic to keep your property biodiverse?

Introduction Learn about pollination systems, garden maintenance, and the features and benefits of a group of native plants (what we call the “superpower” group) that support at-risk bees, butterflies and birds. Members of the Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathway group also will introduce you to our region’s most prevalent invasive plants and discuss strategies for curtailing them, as well as good native alternatives.

Design Learn how to choose plants and places to please those pollinators, birds, and visitors. Session 1 will introduce keystone plant species by season; show templates and examples of different gardens; and end with a primer on how to do a basic site analysis of your yard plus look at a few completed examples. The next week, students will present what they learned from doing their own site analysis, discuss their garden ideas, and get input from the instructor and panel. Bring questions about your yard or certain plants. Please note: Attendance at the Introduction is not required for the Design course.

The Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathway Group (MCPPG), comprised of 150+ native plant enthusiasts, specialists and educators, promotes native-plant pollinator gardens in our region to support declining populations of native bees, butterflies and birds. 

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Instructor

Elaine Crowder


Elaine Crowder spent covid days roaming back woods and open spaces on the lookout for invasive plants. It's one of those things that the more you look, the more you see, and the more you feel compelled to pull. Starting with a gaggle of kids pulling garlic mustard, she decided to ramp it up, founding the Arlington-MA Invasives "ArMI.” The goal? Remove invasives to make way for the natives.

Kim Deandrade


Kim DeAndrade: Kim DeAndrade is a gardener, nature journaler and native plant promoter. She completed the certificate program at Native Plant Trust and was a Backyard Habitat Ambassador for the National Wildlife Society. This winter she is going to try to winter sow some pollinator plants.

Jean Devine


Jean Devine is an environmental educator and native-plant coach. She empowers youth to improve local ecosystems by teaching them the importance of biodiversity and how to remove invasive plants and plant pollinator-attracting native plants, shrubs and grasses. She also advises property owners on native-plant choices and provides garden sketches, plant plans, and installation/maintenance services.

Brucie Moulton


Brucie Moulton: Brucie Moulton, Brucie Moulton is the co-chair for Sustainable Arlington, a co-founder of Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group, and belongs to the steering committee for Massachusetts Pollinator Network. She is a second-generation environmentalist, with rural as well as urban roots, and a life-long gardener. She is interested in the relationship between human and ecosystem health as well as the potential for using our own gardens to support and regenerate local pollination systems.

Sarah Wang


Sarah Wang is an avid gardener from Belmont. She is a co-chair of the conservation committee for the Belmont Garden Club, works with Sustainable Belmont, and is a member of the steering committee of the regional group, Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group.

HG-Plant-Pollinator Design

  Jean Devine , Brucie Moulton , Kim Deandrade , Sarah Wang , Elaine Crowder


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Thu Mar 3 & Thu Mar 10
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HG-Plant-Pollinator Introduction

  Jean Devine , Elaine Crowder , Brucie Moulton , Sarah Wang , Kim Deandrade


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Wednesday, Feb 9
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