Ardsley Pollinator Pathway

Making significant change, one yard at a time.

Upcoming Events:

December 6, 7:30. The Birds and Bees and Garden Design (Zoom) Free.

Rivertowns Living Classroom Series Present a talk by landscape architect, designers and Hastings resident Melissa Reavis. This presentation will highlight how residential gardens of any aesthetic can be beautifully designed while keeping insects, plants, animals and humans in mind. Drawing on her experience with landscape and garden design, Melissa will describe how biodiversity is imperative to having your outdoor space flourish and, conveniently, how “anyone can create a safe space for pollinators.” Because this will be a Zoom presentation, folks will need to register for this event: Register Here: https://forms.gle/AvwbnG5MTxFeD7Hk6

December 10, 11 am - 2 pm. Rain/Snow Date: December 11, 11 am - 2 pm. Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Annual Seed Swap and Social Event. Free.

Let’s get together and celebrate. Our excuse is a seed swap, but the real reason is to bring us together as we celebrate the end of the gardening year and the upcoming winter solstice. We’ll have lots of seeds to share if you want them (no need to bring any or take any home). Hot Chocolate, Mulled Apple Cider and baked goods will be served at this outdoor event. 23 Orlando Avenue in Ardsley. Plenty of street parking. Questions? Email us.


December 17, 10 am - 1 pm. Village of Ardsley Invasive Vine Removal at Macy Park.

No experience is necessary! The Village of Ardsley is again partnering with the Westchester Parks Foundation to remove invasive vines from trees at Macy Park. All tools & work gloves will be provided but please bring your own water. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. Registered volunteers will receive an email with location details and an insurance waiver 1 day before the event. Please add volunteer@thewpf.org to your address book to ensure you receive this information. For last-minute signups or if you do not receive our email, please call our office at (914) 231-4600 or email volunteer@thewpf.org. Register here.

December 28, 11 am - 12:30 pm. From Seed to Plant Workshop, Ardsley Public Library

Join the Ardsley Public Library and Ardsley Pollinator Pathway to learn how seeds germinate and grow. Hands-on projects will include growing and fostering a milkweed plant for monarch butterflies and a windowsill watercress to grow and eat. Best for kids ages five and up. Under five must be accompanied by a adult. Register here.

January 18, 7:30 - 8:45. Letting Go of the Lawn: Rewilding a suburban yard, part 2. Zoom. Free.

Join us for part 2 of this inspiring story and how-to webinar. Our own Kathy Evers will tell her incredible story of rewilding her yard in one year. Lots of tips, lessons learned, plant recommendations, and inspiration in this Zoom event. Register here.


February 16, 7:00 - 8:30. Organic and Awesome Lawns with Paul Tukey. Zoom. Free.

Join us for a virtual presentation from Paul Tukey, the author of the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, for a review of how he has helped homeowners, college campuses and businesses across North American achieve a beautiful landscape without the use of synthetic chemical products. The emphasis will be on take-home, how-to information, and questions you can pose to your landscaper.

Register here.


March 4 (snow date March 5), 10 am to noon: Ardsley Pollinator Pathway and Saw Mill River Coalition Vine Cutting.

For those 12 and above. Come save some trees and have some fun on the Ardsley section of the South County Trail way.

Register here


March 12, noon to 4:30 at the Ardsley Community Center. Spring Garden Festival. Join the Ardsley Pollinator Pathway and the Ardsley Garden Club for this in-person event to welcome spring and get us geared up for spring planting. Ongoing kid activities, free garden help/consultations/design ideas, houseplant urgent care (bring your failing house plants in for help). Order native plant plugs and annual plants for spring delivery, and enjoy food and beverages. Free.

  • 12:30 - 1:30: Rewilding your yard: presentation, panel discussion, and guidance.

  • 2:00 - 2:45 : Propagating plants: Learn how to propagate plants. Techniques such as division, air layering, and rooting will be discussed and demonstrated.

  • 3:00 - 3:45 Growing your own food: Learn how to get started growing your own vegetables and herbs.

  • 3:45 - 4:30 Creating flower arrangements for your home: Learn the basics of flower arranging.

Introducing Our New Mailbox Gardens How-To Guides

You asked for it and we created it - a step- by- step guide to create a pollinator garden. We give you the design, the materials and quantities you'll need, and the list of plants. Four different garden sizes in each guide. You buy the plants, dig them in, and watch them grow. Check them out - it's easy!

Full-Part Sun Pollinator Wildflower Mailbox Gardens

Full to Part Sun Pollinator Grass and Sedge Mailbox Gardens

Part Shade Pollinator Mailbox Gardens

Full to Part Sun Monarch Butterfly Mailbox Garden (new!)

Join Our Public Garden Maintenance Team!

Three wonderful native plant pollinator gardens were created in the spring of 2022. One at the Ardsley Public Library (April 23), one at AFV Park (May 14) and one at Hart's Brook Park and Preserve (May 21). These gardens are fueled by volunteers to create, install and maintain the gardens. They will not be maintained in any way by Greenburgh or Ardsley. So, we need YOU for the 2023 season! It is a fun team and many friendships were made in 2022.

Please click here to fill out the survey concerning your willingness and preferences. Thank you so much!

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Resources:

Free garden consults are available to those wishing to support pollinators, birds, and our ecosystem in their yards. To request your free garden consult, email us.

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Our Mission

The Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Project's mission is to raise awareness, educate, and encourage the participation of Ardsley’s residents, businesses, government, and other organizations in the creation and maintenance of healthy pollinator habitats in the Village of Ardsley.

The world’s community of pollinators is in crisis.

  • One in four native bee species are facing extinction.

  • There are significant declines in other pollinator populations as well, which include beetles, ants, birds, moths, butterflies, flies, gnats, and small mammals, such as bats.

  • Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80-95% of plant species on earth.

There are numerous causes for this decline, with habitat loss and pesticide use at the top.

Conservation techniques work! When homeowners, governmental agencies and private businesses commit to expanding pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free habitats, we will change the future for pollinators and secure our own. We encourage your home to become a node on a path through Ardsley!

No effort is too small! We need your help. They need your help.

Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Map

View our growing pathway that will connect us with other communities. Add your own pollinator garden to the map. Click on the purple flower pins to learn more about each steppingstone in our pathway.

Visit the Ardsley CAN by 2030! website to learn more about how you can easily reduce your carbon footprint and make small changes to act sustainably.