A community wide pollinator habitat initiative launched in April of this year is only 55 gardens away from reaching its goal of 300 pollinator habitats for San Antonio’s 300th birthday.
The grass-roots effort began as a way to satisfy an action item to which San Antonio committed under the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. One of the last action items left undone in early 2018 was to launch a community wide pollinator gardening initiative.
Three-hundred pollinator habitats for San Antonio’s Tricentennial birthday year sounded ambitious, but when broken down by city council district, it seemed highly doable. The idea: just 30 people in each of San Antonio’s 10 districts would commit to creating a pollinator garden, and bingo! We’d hit our goal in no time.
To date, downtown’s District 1 leads the pack with 52 gardens. But since butterflies know no walls, we’ve also allowed participation outside the Alamo City–to include San Antonio’s myriad incorporated townships and neighbors, as well a gardens as far away as Roundrock, Texas.
Here’s how the districts and folks outside town shake out:
District 1 – 52 gardens committed
District 2 – 23
District 3 – 14
District 4 – 5
District 5 – 5
District 6 – 6
District 7 – 16
District 8 – 34
District 9 – 24
District 10 – 18
Other – 48
Check out the map below to see the full extent of 300for300.
Linda Sierra in District 2 became the first person to commit to a pollinator habitat. She pledged the premiere garden on April 3. The most recent pledgee, Eileen Egan in District 9, signed up November 24.
Click on the map to get a live rendition of the 300for300 pollinator habitats committed.
Last week, our friends at San Antonio Water Services, known locally as SAWS, helped boost awareness with a feature story on the 300for300 Initiative in their GardenstyleSA newsletter. A dozen folks signed up.
Recent promotional efforts now have us at 245 gardens–so close! But we need YOUR help to reach 300.
If you’ve already signed up and pledged to plant a pollinator habitat, thank you! Please recruit like-minded friends to do the same. And if you haven’t signed up for our 300for300 pollinator challenge, what are you waiting for? Surely you want butterflies in your yard this spring.