NE Multnomah Pollinator Corridor Planting Day
Date: Thursday, March 17th 2022, 9am to 12pm
Background: Lloyd’s main Pollinator Corridor was designed in 2016, with Lloyd EcoDistrict – in partnership with Go Lloyd, City Repair, and Portland Parks and Recreation in planning a multi-year implementation and expansion plan. While several US cities have begun to develop pollinator corridors, this was Portland’s first. By planting the corridor along the NE Multnomah bikeway, we established the country’s first official pollinator bikeway! The first round of planting occurred in 2017, with Lloyd EcoDistrict, City Repair, and volunteers from Wells Fargo installing large concrete planters and planting native and pollinator plants along NE Multnomah from NE 15th Avenue all the way down to NE 7th Avenue. In 2018, we completed the final stretch of the NE Multnomah corridor from NE 7th to NE 2nd. We also added some colorful annuals along the entire length of Multnomah. We’ve planted native perennials in the planters which, once established, will require much less watering and maintenance than annual varieties. Along the corridor, you will find a variety of the plants including kinnikinnick, milkweed, salal, and yarrow. Since the 2018 planting, we continue to host small work parties to maintain the planters, hold educational workshops and events, and admire habitat they are creating across straight through the Lloyd neighborhood. With the summer heatwave of 2021 damaging some of the plants, this winter we’ll be adding some newer, hardier native plants to replace those that died.
Description: Come help us green the Multnomah Street Planters! Learn about pollinator, native perennial plants, and local ecology. Get your hands dirty while you help beautify our neighborhood, protect pollinator species and habitat, and improve street safety. Along NE Multnomah St. from NE 2nd to NE 15 exist 34 large concrete planters, creating a protected pollinator corridor bikeway across the Lloyd. Community partners installed the planters and planted native/hardy pollinator plants between 2016 & 2018. While many of the planters are filled with flowering pollinator species, some of the planters need to now be supplemented with a variety of native species. This is particularly the case after the summer heatwaves. Lloyd Community Association, Lloyd EcoDistrict, and volunteers from the community will gather in the winter to replenish these public planters with a mix of native Willamette Valley perennials. Portland Parks & Recreation horticulturists will be on-site to provide education about pollinators and help lead the planting event.
Pre-registration required, sign up here. All planting supplies will be provided, but please come wearing a face covering, closed-toed shoes, a filled reusable water bottle and gloves.