Discovery Park Campus breaks ground on new Pollinator Garden
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—As part of the Gila Watershed Partnership’s MLK Day of Service Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus was the beneficiary this past weekend of the Gila Watershed Partnership’s (GWP) MLK (Martin Luther King Jr.) Day of Service. The GWP hosted community volunteers, members of the Gila Valley Boys and Girls Club, and staff from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Safford Field Office, and Eastern Arizona College to begin work on the new Pollinator Garden.
“Ultimately, this whole space [north of the pond] will be used to plant specific native vegetation that will attract pollinator species like hummingbirds, bats, carpenter bees, and the many varieties of butterflies indigenous to this area,” said Paul Anger, director of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus.
Anger continued, “The garden is intended for community education on our native ecology and how plants and animals are dependent on each other’s survival and health. The garden will be surrounded by native vegetation, which has been grown in our greenhouse, and will include an abundance of individual signage detailing the types of plants, animals, and insects and their dependence on each other. The garden will offer landscaping tips on using native/drought tolerant plants for local homes and businesses, and for community lessons on native habitat, and as a meditation area for the community.”
There will be future volunteer days which will be announced in the newspaper and on the GWP website, GWP. For more information about the garden or any of the activites at Discovery Park Campus, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260 or by email at Paul Anger.