Groundbreaking will be held approximately Sept. 24-25 for the Nevis Women’s Club Pollinator Garden, near the Heartland Trail and the Nevis Visitors Center.

The club is working closely with Flying W Gardens, who will mark out the garden area on Sept. 23 for the club’s approval. Site preparation will then begin, with pathways laid out, black dirt added, decorative boulders and aluminum edging for the entire edge of the garden installed. The City of Nevis will donate snow fencing to surround the work area through the winter.

Planting, mulching and signage will begin next spring, as the club continues planning over the winter months for the kinds of plants approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. A split rail fence will be placed around the area and a bench installed for enjoying the garden.

Through grants, donations and fundraising, the Nevis Women’s Club has made this project happen. They are very grateful for the community’s support of their efforts. Cider and cookies will be served under the pink canopy for those donors who would like to attend.

Attractive, educational and environmentally needed, the Nevis Women's Club is partnering with the DNR, the City of Nevis and the Nevis Civic & Commerce to complete this wonderful garden effort.

Gov. Tim Walz, through an April 2019 executive order, championed restoring healthy, diverse pollinator populations to sustain and enhance Minnesota's environment, economy and way of life, stating honey bees and a number of native pollinator species have experienced declines in Minnesota and across the country due to a variety of pressures including habitat loss, pesticides, climate change, diseases and parasites.

Some of our native bee and butterfly species are now in danger of extinction, and these declines suggest that other pollinators are also at risk. Because pollinators enable wild plants and many domestic crops to reproduce, they are essential to the health of our environment, economy and way of life.

Pollinators sustain and enhance our environment. Insects, and the native plants they pollinate, form the foundation of food chains, providing food for birds and other wildlife. These plants also stabilize soil and prevent erosion, protect water quality, store carbon and provide habitat. By conserving the diversity of pollinators, we promote the diversity of life that makes Minnesota's landscapes resilient.

Some Minnesota food crops, such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs, need insects for pollination. Minnesota honey bees are important to the national agricultural economy because many bees raised in the state spend their winters pollinating crops in other states.

State symbols, like the pink and white lady's slipper, the Honeycrisp apple and the monarch butterfly, are part of Minnesota's identity. By pollinating flowering plants, pollinators bring beauty to our landscapes, support and enrich our diets, and support healthy environments for hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and other outdoor pursuits.

The Nevis Women's Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the largest philanthropic women's clubs in America.