BUZZONI FARM | Blanch Ave, Closter, NJ 07624

Why Create Pollinator Gardens?

Pollinators safeguard food production, biodiversity, and natural habitats. Native plants with colorful blooms attract bees, butterflies, and birds. 

About the Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator Garden is located at the Buzzoni Farm Park at the end of Blanch Ave in Closter, NJ.
It is a multi-year project run but the Environmental Commission and volunteers that aims to demonstrate pollinator habitats to our community. Volunteers help with planting, maintenance, and education sessions. Fencing, irrigation, and other infrastructure is funded by ANJEC and Open Space Trust Fund grants. Special thanks to Grant Street Cafe, Dumont, for donating our picnic tables!

If you would like to learn more or have any questions, email us at hello@sustainablecloster.org or send us a message here.

Environmental Sensor at the Pollinator Garden

GOAL
Measure the air quality and record videos of the pollinator garden at a low cost. The Environmental Commission wanted to be able to contribute to national networks monitoring air quality, especially after the Canadian wildfires. We aim to collect other types of data and expand the types of sensors being utilized in Closter, and this is the start to a larger project to collect environmental data.
 

COMPONENTS

  • Bifacial Solar Panel
  • Wifi Hotspot
  • SIM Card with a Data-Only Plan
  • Charge Controller and Battery
  • Wifi Camera with Onboard Recording 
  • Waterproof Enclosure
 
WHERE TO SEE THE DATA

FAQs

Native plants have evolved alongside local pollinators, creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Native plants provide nectar, pollen, and habitat that are specifically adapted to attract and support native pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds.

Native plants are also well-suited to the local climate, soil, and other environmental conditions. They require less water, fertilizer, and pesticide use compared to non-native species, making them more sustainable and environmentally friendly choices.

Furthermore, native plants promote biodiversity by providing food and shelter for a variety of native wildlife, including insects, birds, and small mammals. They contribute to the overall health and resilience of ecosystems, helping to maintain a balanced and thriving natural environment.

Finally, using native plants helps to preserve and restore local ecosystems. By planting native species, we can support the conservation of regional plant diversity and prevent the spread of invasive species that can harm native plants and wildlife.

In summary, using native plants in a pollinator garden is essential for fostering a healthy and sustainable ecosystem, supporting local pollinators, conserving biodiversity, and protecting the environment.

Number of plantsLatin NameCommon NameBloom timeHeight
3Achillea millefoliumCommon YarrowLate spring to Fall1-3 ft
3Asclepias incarnataSwamp MilkweedSummer4-5 ft
1Asclepias tuberosaButterfly MilkweedLate Spring to Summer1.5-3 ft
6Echinacea purpureaPurple ConeflowerSunmer2-4 ft
3Eutrochium fistulosumJoe Pye WeedSummer to Fall5-7 ft
6Hyssopus officinalisHyssop AniseSummer to Fall2-4 ft
1Itea virginicaVirginia SweetspireLate Spring to early Sunmer3-8 ft
3Lobelia cardinalisCardinal FlowerSummer to Fall2-4 ft
4Monarda FistulosaBee BalmSummer to Fall2-4 ft
3Monarda DidymaBee BalmLate Spring to Summer2-4 ft
5Phlox paniculataGarden PhloxSummer2-4 ft
3NepetaCat mintSummer1-2 ft
1Pycnanthemum virginianumMountain MintSummer1-3 ft
6Rudbeckia hirtaBlackeyed SusanLate Spring to Fall2-3 ft
3Sisyrinchium angustifoliumBlue eyed grassLate Spring to Early Summer1-2 ft
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