FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 4 TO 6 P.M. & SAT, APRIL 17, 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M. || MOSQUITO CONTROL HEADQUARTERS AT 2100 LEON C. SIMON
Help plant a native wildflower meadow and take home an illustrated wildflower field guide. The New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent, and Termite Control Board (NOMRTCB) is working with Civic Studio, the Water Leaders Institute, Antenna, the Native Plant Initiative of GNO, and artist Courtney Egan to plant a native wildflower meadow at Mosquito Control headquarters, located at 2100 Leon C. Simon. The public is invited to join the planting process, and to engage a diverse array of opportunities for hands-on learning, dialog, art, and music from April to June, 2021.
NOMRTCB is replacing 1,200 square feet of turf grass with a native wildflower meadow. This will be a chance for project partners and the public to explore how native plants can be integrated into urban landscapes in order to improve biodiversity, create pollinator habitat, reduce runoff, and develop more sustainable practices for designing and maintaining urban green spaces.
Participants will learn from plants experts about different native wildflowers, and how they interact with soils, bugs, and water. Participants will receive an illustrated field guide to the wildflowers that make up the meadow, as well as common weeds to look out for as the meadow gets established.
From April through June, we invite the public to join a series of hands-on learning, arts, and environmental stewardship activities. Explore the themes of water, ecology, and infrastructure through community conversations, creative activities led by artists, a native wildflower meadow planting, infrastructure and garden walks, film screenings, and musical performances.
Learn more and register for events here: https://www.waterleadersinstitute.com/seeds-beats-2021
Featured image: Gaillardia, by Jo Farley