Lyme Pollinator Meadows
The Grassy Meadows: Town of Lyme Campus near the Lyme Public Library
482 Hamburg Rd., Lyme CT
This meadow was created in 2016 as part of the Town of Lyme Campus project. The campus planting plan was designed by landscape architect Sarah McCracken and includes predominantly native vegetation. The meadow is on the east side of the library and continues around along the back. It is easily accessible by the public, visible from the library and driveway.
The Lyme Garden Club has performed volunteer year-round maintenance on the meadow on behalf of the Town of Lyme since 2016, including obtaining soil tests, planting new native pollinator-friendly plants, and removing invasive plants. The meadow is mowed once a year. The Town of Lyme provides funding for materials, plants, and mowing.
Click here to read the Lyme Town Campus Landscape Maintenance Manual with a map identifying location of the “Grassy Meadows”.
The pollinator gardens were started by broadcasting seeds from Harts Northeast Wildflower Mix over the Grassy Meadows in 2016. The seed mix is 60% annual and 40% perennial.
Live native plants have been added from 2017 to 2021. The plants were chosen to bloom at different times of the season to provide longer food coverage for pollinators.
In May and June 2021, Lyme Garden Club and Lyme Pollinator Pathway volunteers planted live plant plugs to supplement the plants in the meadow. The volunteers also removed invasive mugwort. A peace pole bluebird house, which was painted at a family event at the Library previously, was installed at the edge of the meadow. This project was a collaboration between the Lyme Garden Club, the Lyme Park & Rec, the Lyme Public Library and the Lyme land Trust.
Pollinator Meadow at Riverside Preserve
Salem Rd., Lyme CT
Map and brochure
The Riverside Preserve is a 6-acre preserve along the Wild and Scenic Eightmile River owned by the Lyme Land Trust. Follow the 600-foot mowed path for an easy walk around the meadow to observe wildflowers and pollinators. A small pavilion with table provides a picnic spot. Lyme Pollinator Pathway is working with the Lyme Land Trust to improve the approximately one-acre meadow for pollinators.
Riverside Preserve Community Work Day
Lyme Pollinator Pathway, the Lyme Open Space Coordinator, and the Lyme Land Trust co-sponsored a community work day at Riverside Preserve for CT Trails Day June 5, 2021. Participants learned to recognize plants in the meadow, especially the native wildflowers to be nurtured to support pollinators. We explained why invasive plants should be controlled and the methods to do that. The site was improved with a planting of live native plants and by removing invasive plants. Participants left with the knowledge and resources to create a pollinator patch of their own.
Preserve meadows are mowed once a year and monitored for invasive plants. Paths are mowed three times a year to allow hikers to walk through the meadows and appreciate the pollinators and wildflowers.
River to Ridgetop Preserves Meadows
For both preserves, use the MacIntosh Rd. Entrance.
Pleasant Valley Preserve (owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by the Lyme Land Trust) has a series of meadows that display a variety of colorful wildflowers depending upon the season.
Jewett Preserve field (Town of Lyme and The Nature Conservancy) has a healthy stand of milkweed, which the monarch butterfly depends upon for survival.
Hartman Park Field
Use Hartman Field Entrance on Gungy Rd. for easiest access
Hartman Park Preserve (Town of Lyme) has a beautiful meadow for pollinators. The ancient highbush blueberry bushes are a striking feature. There are five bluebird houses around the perimeter.