A Pollinator Garden: Designing for Education

Baldwin plan

Landscape Elements LLC was contracted by Gail Ahlers of The Empowerment Factory, to design a small pollinator garden for the Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket, RI. Ms. Ahlers currently runs a non-profit dedicated to giving youth the skills they need to lead happier, healthier lives. The program focus creativity, self-esteem and civic pride.

The Pollinator Garden is replacing a worn down landscape in the northwest corner of the school’s entrance. The garden (shown on attached plan) is currently under construction and will be completed by September 13th. This is a small design project, but the results will impact a large number of students helping them to learn about the value of pollinators in our environment. And we hope the garden will help bring more pollinators back to an urban area.

According to a 2012 Cornell University study, insect pollinators contributed $29 billion to the US farm economy through their indirect pollination of crops!

Elena M. Pascarella, principal of Landscape Elements LLC is a licensed landscape architect with over 40 years of experience. Her firm has completed a number of public projects in Rhode Island including World War II Memorial Park, Woonsocket, RI, the recently renovated Lincoln Woods Beachfront Facilities, Landscape renovations to Scarborough State Beach, as well as open space and greenway projects in nearby Connecticut. One aspect of the firm’s work focuses on landscape ecology – creating sustainable and renewable landscapes that benefit and enhance the environment. Ms. Pascarella will explain the design concept and review the pollinator plants that are included in the design.

The celebration of the pollinator garden is part of The Empowerment Factory’s 2nd Annual Healthy Living Community Event. This free fun family event is scheduled for Sunday September 16th from noon -3pm is also part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival. There will be food, art installations, poster coloring contest, art & craft activities and more.

Elena Pascarella will be giving two 20-minute talks on pollinator gardens at 1pm and 2pm during event.

Parking is available on the street and there are parking lots around the venue.

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Elena M. Pascarella

Elena M. Pascarella is a licensed landscape architect and owner of Landscape Elements LLC. Her firm provides a full range of landscape architectural services from concept design through to construction administration. The firm focuses on creating designs that provide sustainable and maintainable landscapes which enhance the environment and the unique character of the site. Landscape Elements has won awards for their work on park design, park master planning and historic landscape design and documentation.