Pollinator Pathways is a public art and environmental project focused along North Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. During the Summer of 2020, pollinator plants will be planted in each planter and placed on North Snelling Avenue. Future planters could connect pollinator plantings in Union Park and Mac Groveland to plantings on the Hamline University campus and Midway’s community gardens (both of which host apiaries.)
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 for funding the Pollinator Pathways through a generous grant.
Registration Now Open for Winter/Spring Workshops!
Train The Trainer Workshops
Join one of the TTT sessions to be trained in the art of Mosaic to assist in the community workshops for the Midway Pollinator Project! Volunteers for this opportunity must be over the age of 11 and committed to being present to the majority of the community workshops. The workshops begin at the end of January every other week on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Come make community while making literal pieces of art for the pollinators responsible for the food on our tables! You are invited to participate in creating mosaic flower planters that will live along the Snelling corridor!
The workshops will run every other week, Thursdays from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 3pm- 6pm. The workshops are free and open to the public and volunteers must be at least 11 years old, due to the materials involved in the creation of mosaic pieces.
Limited space availability (15 volunteers per session max.) All workshops take place at Mosaic on a Stick, located at 1564 Lafond Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
What to Know:
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and water bottle to stay hydrated! All other materials will be provided.
Parking is located on the left side of Lafond Ave in the small lot next to Hamline Park, along with public street parking. There is a ramp accessible door located at the bottom and back of MOAS and two others doors at the front and back of the building atop a flight of stairs.
Phone: (651) 645-6600 (Mosaic on a Stick)
What is a Pollinator Pathway?
• a pesticide-free corridor of public and private properties that provide native plant habitat and nutrition for pollinators
• towns and property owners that create healthy yards and public spaces for pollinators, pets & families
What are pollinators?
• insects, birds or other animals that move pollen from one plant to another
• they enable the cross fertilization of plants promoting reproduction and the growth of new plants
• more than 30% of our food grows as a result of the work pollinators do
Lori Greene: Owner, Mosaic On A Stick
Audrey Matson: Owner, Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
I am a gardener, small business owner and long-term resident of Hamline Midway. A farm girl from central Minnesota, I came to St. Paul to attend Hamline University, and eventually settled in the neighborhood, in a renovated Victorian house surrounded by chickens and gardens. My ongoing interest in combining city life with farming led me to open Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply, where we sell supplies for backyard homesteading and food growing, with a recent added focus on the flowers and pollinators that help make that happen. I have a Masters of Agriculture in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and am a Certified Professional with the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association. Fifteen years ago my young family participated in a mosaic planter project with Mosaic on a Stick and I am excited to help bring this community art project back to the Midway. My hope is that the Pollinator Pathways project will both beautify our city streets with amazing mosaic art, created by neighborhood residents working together and also provide flowering habitat for our many native pollinators.