Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator Gardens in Hopkinton: a crucial habitat - learn, help, make your own!

The purpose of this project is to educate the community about the crucial need for pollinator gardens and encourage more of them to be added at homes and other facilities in town. Given that, helping with these public gardens is an important way to learn and we invite anyone who can to participate, even if just for an hour. Whether or not you can help, do visit the gardens and this page to learn more about their need and how you can make your own. Then do just that - make your soon.

Mon. July 22, 5 to 7:30 pm - help plant at the Hughes property, 192 Hayden Rowe. Bring a shovel and gloves. Or just come to watch and learn. Celebration from 7:30 to 8. Sign up sheet

Wed. July 24, 5 to 8pm - help plant at the Pratt property, between 108 & 126 Fruit St. Bring a shovel and gloves. Or just come to watch and learn. Sign up sheet

Thu. July 25 - rain date for planting - check back here to see if it's needed.

July to October - Volunteers are need to water the first few months. Come any time on the day you choose. You won't need to come if there's been significant rain beforehand and you'll get an email letting you know that.

Instructions for watering

When to water
It's best to water in the morning or night if you can because during the daytime, the sun and heat evaporate too much of what you add, so too much water is wasted and doesn't go to the plants. Water on the day you signed up for, but if it rained (more than a sprinkling) the day before or is raining on your day, you don't need to water. If you aren't sure if watering is needed, contact us and we'll let you know.

At Hughes Farm - 192 Hayden Rowe St.

There is a spigot located in the parking area, and near it, a hose that is covered up under a tarp and rolled up in a container. the hose should be attached to the spigot. Remove the hose from the container, unroll it, and take the spray nozzle end to the garden area. Try not to have it cutting across the parking lot or someone might drive over it. Using a lighter setting (not full or jet), water each plant at the base/near the ground and water deeply so the roots become fully soaked - stop when water pools around the plant. After watering all the plants, turn off the spigot, roll up the hose, return it to the container, and cover the container with the tarp. If you have question or concerns, contact us.

At Pratt Field - between 108 and 126 Fruit St.
There will be buckets surrounding the garden that are filled with pond water and covered with lids, as well as a few smaller empty containers to be used for watering. Remove the lid from the big buckets. Use the gate to enter the garden so you can get close to the plants. Reach over the fence to fill the watering container with the water from a big bucket. Water each plant at the base/near the ground, repeating the fill process as needed. Water each plant deeply so the roots become fully soaked - stop when water pools around the plant. After watering all plants, return the watering containers to where you got them, latch both gates closed, and put the lids back onto all the big buckets. If there isn't enough water in the buckets, or you have questions or concerns, contact us.

Questions? Email HopGreenMA@gmail.com for more info

Press Release here

Pollinator gardens attract bees, birds and other insects and animals that help pollinate plants. Without them, we would not have much of the food crops we eat. Sadly, development of natural landscapes - with lawns, roads, parking areas, and buildlings - plus the use of pesticides and the prevalence of invasive species have removed the ecological homes needed by pollinators and decimated their populations. Planting a pollinator garden is one way to help restore pollinators and the habitat they and we need to survive.

Shaurya Patni created a pollinator garden at the YMCA in Hopkinton for his Eagle Scout project in the spring of 2024. Shaurya and his family applied to add more gardens in town using Hopkinton's participatory budget. As a result, in July 2024, two additional gardens are being added on public land, one at the Hughes Farm property, 192 Hayden Rowe, and a second at Pratt Fields on Fruit St. More are in the planning stages. Suhani Patni helped our committee develop the signs and materials to educate visitors about the topic and how to make gardens at home or work or on community properties

Many thanks to all who contributed or are slated to: The Patni/Jain family, Hopkinton Scout Troops, Weston Nurseries and their design and education manager, Trevor Smith, the YMCA, the Town of Hopkinton, the Sustainable Green Committee, Open Space Preservation Committee and chair Ed Harrow, the Trails Committee, Trails Club, Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) and president Morrie Gasser, and other volunteers.

For a couple of quickstart guides:

See additional resources about native plants and pollinators and what else you can do at our Lawns, Gardens, and Water page

Stay tuned - more info coming soon on the plants used in the Hughes and Pratt gardens and how you can make your own!

Here are photos of the cadre of busy bees planting the garden at the YMCA.