Love Your Block Grant - Pollinator Garden Planting

For immediate release:

August 18, 2023

Pollinator Garden Planting

Unplanted pollinator garden


  • KNOX will join Stowe Center Garden Volunteers to plant the pollinator garden on Wednesday, August 23rd.
  • The new pollinator garden will have native plants for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
  • Remember that the first year a new garden sleeps, but the second year it creeps, and the third year it leaps!


HARTFORD, CT – The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is pleased to announce the final installment of our community work on Harriet’s Backyard with KNOX. Thanks to our lead Garden Volunteer and Stowe Center Board member, Leora Berns, the bed for the new pollinator garden has been prepared and is ready to be planted. Research has been done on native plants and pollinator attractors. Select varieties include: bee balm, black-eyed Susan, cone flowers, goldenrod, Joe Pye weed, and milkweed. The location was chosen for the ample light and shade that it receives throughout the day. The Stowe Center will plant a wide variety of plants that bloom from early Spring to late Fall. We will be planting them in clumps, rather than single plants, to help pollinators find and use the plants that are native to our region.

“Scientists are increasingly concerned about the decline of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, moths, and bats, who are vital to a healthy ecosystem. The Stowe Center is delighted to be able to create as space for these important and hard-working creatures and to teach those who visit about this work.” Said Beth Burgess, Director of Collections and Research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Pollinators are vital to our environment. They are responsible for many major food crops that are fundamental for our nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. In a recent survey done in 2019 by Bee Informed Partnership, beekeepers across the United States lost 40% of their colonies, which is over eight percent higher than the survey average. “We are creating a space where all are welcome to coexist and thrive, our native wildlife and plant life are included in that vision.” Remarked Karen Fisk, Executive Director of the Stowe Center.

All are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 23rd for the Pollinator Planting; KNOX will be onsite with us from 8:30a – 11:30a. Please email Christina Tom for additional details.




The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a museum, research library/archive, and program center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Stowe Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change. For general information and updates, please visit www.HarrietBeecherStoweCenter.org.



CONTACT: Christina Tom

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

860.522.9258 x305 | ctom@stowecenter.org