Girl Scout Ellen Jackson recently completed a Pollinator Garden to help
counteract the decline of pollinating insects like bees.
Jackson, of Girl Scout Troop 30459, along with Rev. Heidi Vardemann, of St.
Johnís United Church, Chesterton, gathered with congregation members
recently to hear about Jacksonís pollinator garden and to bless it.
Jackson chose to create this garden as part of her Advocacy Journey project.
After learning about the decline of bees and other insects which help to
pollinate many plants and crops, Jackson decided to do something about the
problem locally. By planting perennials that attract bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds, and other insects, these pollinators have a safe habitat and
help to pollinate other local gardens and crops. The pollinator garden is
located at the St. Johnís United Churchís Community Garden, which supplies
its produce to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry, the Duneland Boys and
Girls Club pantry, and the monthly St. Johnís free community dinner.
Jackson appreciates all of the help and donations she received from her
troop members, St. Johnís United Church, Chesterton Feed and Garden, and
Hopkinís ACE Hardware.