Mother Nature, Pollinator Garden


This pollinator garden was planted to create a calm space between our parking area and Harry Bertoia’s magnificent Free Interpretation of Plant Forms. A range of native species that have coexisted in our ecosystem for centuries was specifically selected, including mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum), viburnum (Viburnum dentatum), goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), and sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus). Through the summer, different parts of the garden come into bloom, providing food for birds and insects. Bertoia’s great sculpture is also a fountain, and birds understand that it is a giant birdbath. After enjoying the water, they zip over to the pollinator garden for a meal. We hope the beauty of the garden inspires you to plant these species, too.

Woodmere’s pollinator garden evolves over all four seasons with flowering and berry-bearing plants at different times of the year. From early spring through summer and fall, pollinators such as butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, birds, and small animals have a constant food supply and shelter throughout the growing season. In late fall, plants give them a place to lay eggs, shelter, and survive the winter.

Click here to identify plants growing in Woodmere’s pollinator garden in spring. Summer, fall, and winter links will follow.

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  • Due to excessive heat warnings, Saturday Night Jazz on June 22, Tribute to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding: Memphis Soul, will be held INDOORS. Seating will be provided by the Museum. No refreshments are permitted inside the building.