Ardsley Pollinator Pathway
Making significant change, one yard at a time.
Ticks are active NOW. Take precautions when outdoors and know how to safely remove a tick by reading this easy guide.
The Ardsley Pollinator Pathway March Cross Pollination Newsletter, Let's Talk Dirty, is now available.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Ardsley Spring Gardening Festival! What a turnout, and what energy and enthusiasm. Handouts from the panel discussion and plant propagation session can be found here. Filippine's Native Plant Sources for Homeowners handout can be accessed here.
April 22 (Earth Day): The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, 10 am - 1 pm now has open registration! Do not wait to register, as spots are limited and they will fill up fast! Get to the site you want by registering today! Cleanup sites include Lawrence Street in Dobbs Ferry and Bridge Street Plaza in Ardsley.
Spring Plant Sales!
Wild Garden Nursery (Cortlandt Manor) Bare Root Native Shrub and Tree Sale
Now is the time to get reasonably priced trees and shrubs! Wild Garden Nursery is offering bare root trees and shrubs for $12.
To order, go to the online store: https://wildgardensnursery.com/shop
When you order you will be offered a choice of four pick-up dates at their growing location in Cortlandt Manor: March 24, 25, 31, or April 1.
All of their bare root trees and shrubs, regardless of size, will be sold for $12. Although they are all 2 or 3 years old, these plants range between 12” and 40” in height. Some woody species grow much faster than others.
Come to the Native Plant Sale April 29, 10 am - 1 pm
Welcome spring by marking your calendar for the exciting event of the season! The Native Plant Center's long-awaited, much beloved Native Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla, NY. Members can enter at 9 a.m. Admission is free. Consider bringing your own cart to shop for plants as we have a limited number of wagons.
Buy native seedling trees and shrubs from the DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery
Buy great native trees and shrubs from the Saratoga Nursery. Check this website for the catalog and info on shipping. https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9395.html
This documentary is a feast for the eyes and soul. Check out A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee. This award winning short documentary inspires us to protect and provide habitat for all creatures and to prevent the extinction of the most vulnerable. Plant away!! We make the difference.
Ardsley achieves Leadership Circle honor from National Wildlife Federations (NWF) Mayors' Monarch Pledge
Ardsley is one of a few municipalities in North America in 2022 that earned the Leadership Circle Award for the NWF Mayors' Monarch Pledge.
Mayor Nancy Kaboolian signed the Mayors' Monarch Pledge on April 11, 2022 and committed to take 14 actions in 2022 to support the survival of the endangered monarch butterfly and other threatened pollinators. All 14 were completed and on December 13 we received word that Ardsley earned the Leadership Circle award. Ardsley is now part of an expanding North American network of cities working to create habitat in public parks, public landscaping, vacant lots, roadsides, medians, green roofs, backyard gardens and open spaces throughout the entire community.
Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities commit each year to create habitat and educate residents on how to make a difference at home or in their community. Mayors who take the pledge commit to at least three of 30 action items to help save the monarch butterfly. For more information about the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, please go to: NWF.org/MayorsMonarchPledge.
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
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!
Previous Get Together Presentations and Reference materials available here.
View the new DEC documentary on invasive plants, Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species
Free Garden Consults
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.
Join the Ardsley Pollinator Pathway
We're making substantial change, one yard at a time. Join our distribution list.
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.