Pollinator and Food Gardens at new campus

Landscape and garden Features

  • Native groundcover like violet, wild strawberry, and dandelion grow naturally in the area, but are also extremely nutritious for porcupine, bunny, and other species  
     

  • Hugelkultur, a methodology that utilizez mounds of logs and branches, will be the base of our pollinator and food garden beds.  This method mimics nature and holds moisture, builds fertility, maximizes surface volume and is perfect for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
     

  • A Sensory Area of the garden will include plants to touch, feel, smell, and engage all senses 
     

  • Healing herbs including yarrow, jewelweed, and calendula attract pollinators and are also used in salves for skin issues
     

  • Attractive flowers like chamomile and echinacea will welcome visitors and can also used in teas and tinctures for staff, volunteers, and interns
     

  • A rainwater garden in the parking area will absorb and process runoff from impervious surfaces 

Community Need and Goals

There are many ways to garden and landscape for residential or commercial properties.  Yet manicured lawns and industrial seed banks can be deserts for pollinators and local wildlife, and many plants can wreak havoc on a local ecosystem.  Thanks to volunteer support and local experts, we're planning ecologically sensitive gardening that will offer food for our wild animal patients and ambassadors, the wildlife found in and around our property, along with a 5 year native reforestation plan for the areas we disturbed during construction.  

True to Center for Wildlife form, we are excited to host a "Plant Potluck", focusing on the pollinator and food gardens.  You and your loved ones can start seedlings at home, and either drop off or attend one of our planting days (TBD) later this spring to help establish our gardens and plant your gift!  If you are interested in joining the "Green Team" and donating plants or seedlings, please email Michelle.

Below is wishlist of plants and seedlings for the gardens  

we request that you hold on to your plant babies until we can plant in late may!

Carrots
Chard
Kale
Spinach
Tomatoes
Peas

Sweet Potato

Apple Trees

Fennel
Chamomile
Lavender

Calendula

Tulsi

Echinacea

Oregano

Thyme
Mint

Cosmos
Verbena
Flax
Hyssop
Sunflower

Nasturtium

Marigold

Asters

 

Jonquil
Violet

Dandelion

Clover

Bee Balm

Butterfly Bush

Sweet Pepperbush

Sweet fern

Blueberry and Raspberry Bush

Physical Address

385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Call Us

(207) 361-1400

Email

info@thecenterforwildlife.org