11_butterfly_milkweed_p1050876_edited-1Mark your calendar for the upcoming Andover Pollinator Awareness Project’s  annual garden tour on Saturday July 21, 2018.
For a the 2018 garden tour map, please select: GardenTour_2018

APALogoRightFaceThe City of Andover has established this group with an overall goal of working to protect pollinators. The recent decline in pollinators due to factors including habitat loss, disease, parasites and pesticides has spurred the creation of this group.

Some objectives the group has or hopes to meet include but is not limited to the following:

    • Educate residents on steps they can take to become pollinator friendly (click HERE to read U of M Master Gardener Kim Billings’ “10 things you can do”);
    • Became a “Bee-safe” community;
      • The Mayor signed an official proclamation. Click HERE to see it!
    • Develop a demonstration garden for residents to view that contains a wide array of pollinator-friendly, native plants;
    • Host a Garden tour featuring landscapes that are pollinator-friendly;
    • Work with local beekeepers to install beehives to promote pollinators.The following are some upcoming events/activities the group plans on working on:
  • Planting Projects: the City will continue to create and enhance landscapes to make them “pollinator friendly.” One area is due west of City Hall near Crosstown Blvd. The City received a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and will be eradicating invasive plants and planting native flowers and shrubs back in.

Remember: Hundreds of varieties of Minnesota-native bees, honey bees, butterflies, a large assortment of insects, birds and mammals all work in perfect harmony to pollinate plants that we, as humans, rely on as our food source; and directly impact our environment.

Cheryl02On November 17th, Cheryl was selected the recipient of the 2017 Anoka County Community Conservationist Award, and recognized by the Anoka Conservation District for her outstanding accomplishments with implementing conservation practices in the community.  At a Board of Directors meeting, she was presented  with a beautiful, hand-painted & produced picture illustrating her work with pollinators.

 Further, she was nominated by the Anoka County Conservation District as their candidate for the 2017 Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Minnesota Polllution Control Agency (MASWCD/MPCA) Community Conservationist Award.
Yesterday, at the MASWCD Annual Convention held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, it was announced that Cheryl was the recipient of this very significant State Award.  (There were 61 counties with potential candidates).  At the Awards Luncheon which was attended by over 500 people, Cheryl was presented with a large painting (“Night On The Town”…Exciting Memories of the Holiday Season”) by well-known wildlife artist, Terry Redlin.