National Planting Day – Keep Ohio Beautiful
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful celebrated the power of pollinators in support of nature and our food supply as part of the fourth annual National Planting Day on Wednesday, Sept. 23. A variety of activities took place at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden, designed by scientists at The Davey Tree Expert Co. In addition to attracting a variety of pollinators, this garden will provide nectar sources for the beehive installed earlier this year on the Statehouse grounds.
National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful hosted a public educational event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse. The event kicked off with an interactive pollinator educational program with students from Annehurst Elementary, presented by senior entomologists from ScottsMiracle-Gro. Following the presentation, Ohio Senator Gayle Manning and Representative Ryan Smith read to the first- and second-grade students.
Michael Mennett,executive director, Keep Ohio Beautiful, was joined by Keep Ohio Beautiful state affiliates; Ohio legislators; Senator Manning; Representative Smith; William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Karen Wise, vice-president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; Terry Lieberman Smith, vice president, Ohio State Beekeepers Association; Ken Christensen, senior scientist, Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co.; and Nina Bagley, Nina’s Village Apiary.
High school students from the Knox County Career Center Landscape Design and Management Program, and organizations from throughout the state were on hand to educate attendees about native plants, pollinators and related subjects.