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JL Newbern Pollinator Project in Coordination with Lowndes Extension and GA Master Gardeners

Purpose: To create a sustainable pollinator/wildflower garden at J.L Newbern Middle School garden to be integrated with the life science curriculum and as a stepping stone to the existing raised bed and orchard on the Middle School Campus.


This is intended to be a student participation project with students researching the materials to be used and applying best practices for establishing a pollinator garden.


The Wildflower/Pollinator Project will delineate a sodded area of approximately 10,000 square feet to be prepared for seeding of the garden and planting of donated and purchased plant material. Students along with teachers will construct perimeter seating and improvised fencing to protect plant materials from school lawn maintenance.  


This project is intended:

  • to create hands-on opportunities for students in anticipation of a community garden on the front campus and as
  • to augment an addition to the Middle School campus.
  • To attract pollinators for the orchard area already at each school.
NMS Pollinating Garden
Newbern Garden Platt Record

Corner Plantings: (from top counterclockwise)
A. Corner 1: Savannah Holly tree (N), Wood Violets (N. H), Heather (P), Oregano, (P).
B. Corner 2: Savannah Holly Tree (N), Violet (N. H.), Heather (P), Oregano (P), Fennel, (H).
C. Corner 3: Savannah Holly Tree (P), Violets (H), Purslane (P).
Edge Planting:
A. Edge #1: Coreopsis, Rebekia, Daylily, Red hot poker, Purslane, Lantana, Blanket Flower, Daylily, Red hot
B. Edge #2: Sasanquas (P), Pansies (P), Sasanquas (P), Pansies, Purslane (P), Native red Salvia (P).
C. Edge #3: Heather (P), Daylily (P) , Red hot poker(P), Lantana(P), daylily(P), red hot poker(P), Blue anise sage, Gilardia (N, P).

Circle Planting:
Pineapple Guava (P), Echinacea(N,P),Rebekia  (N P), Rosemary (P). 

Log Line Planting: (top, of triangle)
A. Line #1: None Planted.
B. Line #2: Butterfly bush, Nambo blue (P), Butterfly Bush Royal Red (P).
C. Line t#3: Abelia (P), Coreopsis (P),
D. Line 4: Blue anise Sage (P), Helliopsis Helliocanthes (P). Blue anise Sage (P).
E. Line #5: Blue Anise Sage (P), Helliopsis (P), Blue Anise Sage.
F. Line #6: Abelia (P), Blue anise sage (P), Butterfly bush White (P), Abelia (P).
G. Line #7 Winged Loosestrife (P),
Lower Garden:
Five Grape varieties, Three winged loosetrife (P).

Host Plants:
Alternated with Red Hot Poker, and Cassia.
A. Peanuts: Cowboy ground cover.
B. Host plants: Tulip Poplar, Swallowtail), (one unlabeled), Spice bush, Meadow Parsnip, Loripetalum (not a host), Hop trees, 2 (H). Tulip Poplar.
C. Street side Garden, Vitex (P) interplanted with Bottlebrush (P)

N= Native
P= Pollinator plant
H= Host plant for larvae

All other plants are perennial bulbs or rhizomes unless woody ornamental shrub, or trees.
Please note that most named plants are common names and not botanical names in Latin.