August 2023 Update:

This project is a work in progress that was just getting underway when it was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since it began, one planter has been placed at Hamline Park, near Mosaic on a Stick. We are working on what finishing this project will look like and will have updates soon!

Pollinator Pathways is a public art and environmental project focused along North Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.

This project is both a public art project and a public garden planter project with a focus on native pollinators. The map below shows potential placement for the planters. While the mosaic art on the ten new planters will have a pollinator design, the plants chosen for the planters will provide nectar and habitat for these insects, which in Minnesota include several varieties of solitary bees, bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds. The hope is that these patches of color and beauty enrich the lives of the people who live work and play along North Snelling Avenue as well as helping protect our small pollinator friends.

Expect future walking tours, demonstrations, and community gatherings to be announced as the project unfolds.

Special thanks to Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America(External link) for funding the Pollinator Pathways through a generous grant.

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