The Museum of Transportation has climbed aboard the growing movement to provide natural habitats for pollinators. On Sept. 19 the museum created a “Pollinator Pantry” that will provide pollen and nectar food sources for Missouri’s major pollinators.
The garden, known as Pollinator Junction, is designed to attract more than 20 different types of butterflies. Pollinator Junction, which features an observation walk, will be used as an outdoor classroom for local school groups and a tool to help educate the public about the importance of pollinator gardens. Monthly tours are expected to begin in spring 2017.
The garden, which is approximately 95 percent complete, was made possible by a partnership among St. Louis County Parks, Museum of Transportation volunteer St. Louis Betty Struckhoff and Wild Ones, an organization that promotes native landscaping. Pollinator Junction is an offspring of Project Pollinator, a local coalition that includes The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and the Million Pollinator Project, which is working to help homeowners make their landscaping pollinator friendly.