Visit Dublin GA announces the completion of their brand new pollinator garden at the Dublin Visitors Center right off I-16 at exit 51.
Monday, June 19th, 2023- Today marks the start of National Pollinator Week, and Visit Dublin GA announced the completion of their new pollinator garden, the Pollinator Pitstop, located at the Dublin Visitors Center right off I-16 at exit 51. The garden provides a unique experience for travellers as they stop in Dublin GA while also preserving and expanding the local pollinator population. Travellers and locals alike are welcome to stroll through the garden path, lounge on the boulders, and view the flora and fauna that inhabit the garden.
“We wanted to utilize our resources to create a fun and distinctive product that would reflect the natural beauty of Dublin. The Pollinator Pitstop not only provides a picturesque place to relax for travellers and tourists but also enriches the local environment,” said Miriam Lewis, Executive Director of Visit Dublin GA.
Since the end of this Winter, the Dublin Visitors Center staff researched extensively native plantlife and pollinators in order to create this garden. The pollinator promoting plants in the garden include a variety of host and nectar plants: milkweed, Joe-Pye weed, coreopsis, purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan, muhly grass, butterfly bush, and phlox. Paulk Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. purchased all native plants from Georgia Military College – Warner Robins extension. In addition to these plants, the Visitors Center’s pollinator garden also houses a tulip poplar, host plant of Georgia’s State Butterfly the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and a dwarf magnolia listed on City of Dublin‘s Mayor Kight’s Tree Initiative. The Mayor’s Tree Initiative intends to promote communtiy welfare and health, enhance community appearance, and improve environmental conditions through the planting of 1000 trees over the course of 2 years.
As part of the development of the Visitors Center butterfly garden, Visit Dublin GA registered the garden with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Established in 2013 by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Annette Wise, the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail consists of a worldwide network of butterfly gardens aimed at increasing local butterfly populations with emphasis on the Monarch butterfly population. The Visit Dublin GA Pollinator Pitstop is the only registered public pollinator garden right off I-16.
For media requests, please contact:
Miriam Ponton Lewis, Executive Director
Visit Dublin GA