Lake in the Hills Rotary Club starting up local pollinator gardens

  • The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is starting a pollinator garden at an Algonquin business, which donated a portion of their property.

    The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is starting a pollinator garden at an Algonquin business, which donated a portion of their property. Daily Herald file photo

 
 
Updated 5/19/2021 3:37 PM

On Saturday, May 22, the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills will plant its inaugural pollinator garden. Pollinators around the world have been in steep decline for many reasons.

In an effort to improve the pollinator population, the club will begin planting pollination gardens in the area.

 

The first garden will be located at VCP Printing, 901 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin. VCP has kindly donated a portion of their property for the garden.

With the assistance of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, organizers have selected numerous native plants that attract local pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds and honey bees.

All of the needed equipment for this project was donated by Lowe's Home Improvement, 300 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills. Items include spades, shovels, wheelbarrow, rakes and other miscellaneous items that will be needed to build this garden.

Last June, the Rotary International board of directors added "supporting the environment" as the seventh area of focus.

To join in on this area of focus, the Rotary Club of LITH joined forces with Operation Pollination.

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Operation Pollination recognizes the importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands.

Through collaboration and outreach, an interconnected mosaic of pollinator habitat interspersed between public and private land will be developed to stabilize and/or increase populations of pollinator species throughout the project area.

For information, contact Wade Merritt at wam5432@msn.com or (847) 561-7179, or visit lithrotary.org or operationpollination.net.

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