Pollinator garden abuzz as final touches begin

Delivery was taken Aug. 2 of several items of furniture for Tekamah’s pollinator garden, located north of the Plaindealer Publishing building. A grand opening for the garden is being planned for late September.

If you haven’t been by it lately, you need to check out the Tekamah Pollinator Garden on the north side of the Plaindealer office.

I think (almost) everything looks great, especially considering the kind of summer we’ve had. The concrete fixtures—picnic table, benches, trash receptacles, planters, and a mailbox!—came in last week and are now installed.

You might be asking yourself, “Why do they need a mailbox?”

Eventually we will have information in the mailbox so if you want to do a self-guided tour, you could go to the mailbox and grab an information sheet that tells you more about the things we have planted as well as some additional information on pollinators.

Don’t look for that quite yet, that’s one of the things on our “To Do” list.

A couple other things left “To Do” is get signs made and installed that will have the scientific name, common name, and also a cultivar name (if applicable) by each grouping of plants. We hope to have those in place by early September. We also will plant flowering bulbs under the trees so we’ll have an early burst of color next spring. However, this won’t be done until the soil cools down below 60 degrees (late October?).

I never would have imagined all the time—and work—and volunteers—and money—it would take to get the pollinator garden where it is today. It will be even better this fall and I really look forward to seeing it as we install some additional features in Phase II next year.

I didn’t know there would be a Phase II when we started, but we have had such positive response and a lot of great ideas that the original planning group didn’t think of.

I’m sure I’d miss someone if I tried to list everyone, but I want to thank all the volunteers who helped with the TPG including many of the staff at the Plaindealer. Also, we have been fortunate to receive significant financial support from a Greener Towns grant, a Public Information and Education grant, the City of Tekamah (keno funds), Burt County Pheasants Forever, Burt County Plaindealer, Lee Community Foundation, Nebraska Extension in Burt County, and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.

One other source of funding I didn’t anticipate came from two families who wanted to dedicate an item in the garden in memory of a loved one or as support from their family. We will place commemorative plates on these items recognizing the loved one or family.

If anyone else is interested in doing the same thing, please contact John Wilson at 402-374-2929. We have several items, including benches, the mailbox and pergola, available to be designated as a lasting tribute to a family or loved one.

Finally, we are planning a grand opening of the Tekamah Pollinator Garden for the public in late September and want to extend an invitation to you now.

Watch the Plaindealer for more details as we get closer to the date.