Sunset Garden Club’s Plant America Grant
With their Plant America Grant, The Sunset Garden Club (SGC) members and friends created a welcoming, beautifying, and pollinator-attracting garden at the prominent front corner of the new Madison Wisconsin Midtown Police Precinct. In the words of Midtown Precinct Captain Jay Lengfeld, “I’m hoping the
community feels that this is their building; this is their police department.” As such, the inviting garden space near the precinct’s entrance is intended to capture the public’s attention and make them feel more at ease. The blue, yellow and white flower color palette will remind onlookers of the women and men in blue who faithfully serve to protect us. The natural setting reflects the Madison Police Department’s community-policing philosophy that speaks to the relationships between the police and the people served in order to achieve important goals: prevention of crime, greater degrees of public trust, and enhanced quality of life.
Additionally, conservation efforts to protect the declining population of both monarch butterflies and rusty patched bumblebees will be highlighted in the garden. By registering the garden as a pollinator way station, it will become part of the National Garden Club’s initiative to create safe habitats and oases for native species. SGC plans to engage with neighborhood schools to make them aware of this crisis and offer ways for them to help, primarily by participating in the new photography based volunteer Bumble Bee Brigade monitoring project focused on this
Article taken from Keeping in Touch, Aug. 2019