Portland Pollinator Partnership is hosted by the Bayside Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit community advocacy group. Wild bees and other insects are as crucial to maintaining our flowers, vegetables, and other plants as honey bees. Planting appropriate pollinator and insect-friendly vegetation has many benefits to Portland’s ecology.
Our mission is to protect and advocate for pollinator habitat and native species in Portland, Maine, through encouraging sustainable practices, providing education and resources, and discouraging the use of synthetic pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Founded in April of 2014, we partner with a number of community residents, businesses, and organizations. We hope you will join us in exploring ways to enhance our natural environment for the benefit of all.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Portland Pollinators 2019
All meetings are from 5-6pm at 409 Cumberland Avenue, located next to Back Bay Towers in Bayside, unless otherwise noted. We hope you can join us!
6:00pm Tuesday, April 16 — Urban & Suburban Meadows
Don’t miss this screening of Urban & Suburban Meadows (Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces), in which author and photographer Catherine Zimmerman brings into focus the amazing diversity of life that inhabits meadows as an alternative to lawns. Hosted in partnership with Wild Seed Project and Maine College of Art. $5 suggested donation to cover licensing fee. Please note later time and location: Osher Hall, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, 2nd Floor.
5:30pm, Tuesday, May 21 — West End Native Garden Tour
Visit our West End Native Pollinator Garden with us to see what’s growing. Guided by Heather McCargo, Executive Director of Wild Seed Project who has over 30 years’ experience in plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. Please note slightly later time. Meet on Western Prom, across from Carroll Street.
10am-1pm, Saturday, June 1 — Maine Audubon Portland Pollinator Parade & Festival
Celebrate pollinators at this annual family festival filled with activities, educational info, and more. New urban location this year in Deering Oaks Park!
10am-4pm, June 15 — Maine Audubon Native Plant Festival
Last year, Maine Audubon sold over 2,000 native plants, comprised of straight species (no cultivars) native to Maine, grown from seed and managed organically, so don’t miss this annual sale, which also features activities, educators, and partners. This event takes place at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.
Tuesday July 16 – Rooftop Garden Tour
Cultivating Community hosts this annual Rooftop Garden Tour with Portland Pollinators. Come visit the amazing rooftop gardens atop the 309 Cumberland Avenue Avesta Building, which includes tenant garden beds and a greenhouse, and learn more about the ways in which Cultivating Community increases access to local, healthy foods.
Tuesday September 17 – Portland Parks Conservancy
Meet Nan Cumming, the first Executive Director of the Portland Parks Conservancy, a new nonprofit initiative launched by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. in 2018 to help support our parks, trails, open spaces, facilities, and more. Nan was ED of Portland Trails from 1999 to 2011 and has worked on numerous local land conservation projects.
NEW: Pollinator Habitat Map
Check out our new Pollinator Habitat Map and add your garden or project!
Community Pollinator Garden Guide
Download and Print: Community Pollinator Garden Guide
Western Promenade Native Pollinator Garden
On May 20, 2016 we planted a native pollinator garden in Portland’s West End in partnership with the Wild Seed Project and the City of Portland, facilitated by the generous support of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Gulf of Maine Coastal Program. This educational community amenity serves as a model for native, sustainable urban pollinator gardening.
The garden is modeled on our Sunny Garden Template (see below) and includes: Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata); Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius); Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum); Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum); Heart-leafed Alexander (Zizia aptera); Rough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera); Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum); Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta); Smooth Aster (Aster laevis); New England aster (Aster novae-angliae); Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata); and Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans). Not all plants will bloom this year, but will, over time, provide a sustainable source for pollinators.
Native Perennial Pollinator Garden Bed Templates
We are currently working with our partner, Wild Seed Project, to develop more gardens in partnership with the City of Portland and others. We recently developed these “sun” and “shady” templates, based on an 8″ x 10″ garden, which can be adapted to a number of garden shapes and sizes:
Sunny Native Perennial Pollinator Garden Bed Template
|AA||Aromatic Aster||Aster oblongifolius|
|CR||Culver’s Root||Veronicastrum virginicum|
|G||Wild Geranium||Geranium maculatum|
|JL||Jacob’s Ladder||Polemonium reptans|
|NEA||New England Aster||Aster Novae-angliae|
|NO||Nodding Onion||Allium ceruum|
|P||Beardtongue Penstemon||Penstemon digitalis|
|R||Black-eyed Susan (Rubeckia)||Rubeckia hirta|
|RM||Rose Milkweed||Asclepias incarnata|
|SBA||Smooth Blue Aster||Aster Laevis|
|V||Blue Vervain||Verbena hastata|
|Z||Heart-Leafed Alexander||Zizia aptera|
Download PDFs of both the sunny and shady templates here:
Portland Pollinator Vision Plan
In the winter of 2015, our community partner Wild Seed Project engaged the Conway School of Landscape Design to conduct a research project focused on a city-wide pollinator corridor for Portland. The goal was a unifying vision for pollinator habitat throughout the city that would also connect urban residents with nature on a daily basis. This remarkable research project is filled with site analyses and multiple opportunities available to create pollinator habitat in the Portland metropolitan area. It is a first step to creating a different view of the built environment. Wild Seed Project will be generating a variety of design templates over the next year to give Portlanders the information they need to help realize this vision. Read the plan here. You can also download it as a PDF here: 2015_PollinatorVisionPlan_Low.
Cultivating Community Summer 2015 Newsletter
Portland Pollinators is mentioned in our partner Cultivating Community’s summer newsletter in an article on Community Gardening in Southern Maine. The newsletter also has lots of info about the future of CSAs, their Food Hub project and other news. Read the newsletter here.
Help spread the word! Click here: PPP.InfoSheet to download and print copies.
Pollinator Plant Recommendations for the Northeast Urban Garden
In partnership with the Wild Seed Project, we have recently created an easy to use guide to pollinator plants, including annuals, perennials, natives, and resources. Click here: Portland Plant Guide.Final to download and print your copy.
Landscape and Garden Resource List
Click here: PPP.ResourceList to download and print copies of our local Resource List.
Pesticide-Free Zone Lawn Sign
It’s here! Make your own Pesticide-Free Lawn Sign. Simply click on the link to print this Pesticide Free Lawn Sign on heavy stock, laminate at your local copy center, and attach to wooden stakes.
Bayside Trail Pollinator Garden
Our first Pollinator Garden planted on the Bayside Trail behind Trader Joe’s in September, 2015, has been a huge success!
A huge thank-you to Broadway Gardens who donated most of the plants, to City Arborist Jeff Tarling, and to the volunteers who helped to plant. Bees began circling and lighting on the Blue Fortune before we even got it in the ground! Plants at this garden include
Rozanne Hardy Geranium Cranesbill
Blue Fortune Agastache Hybrid