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Fairfax County, Virginia invites residents to 'Take the Meadow Home'

Fairfax County, VA – County residents, employees, family and friends joined staff from the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services over the summer for a FREE pick-a-thon and seed gathering event at the pollinator meadow behind the Fairfax County Government Center. Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and Earth Sangha also participated in the event.

Forty percent of all pollinator species are threatened with extinction and pollinator meadows, like Fairfax County’s, can make a difference in the survival rates of hundreds of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies. These hardworking insects pollinate 90 percent of all plant species and 75 percent of crops.

But meadow establishment takes multiple years. Work to establish Fairfax County’s nearly one-acre meadow began in March 2016 with the installation of native meadow plants and the removal of non-native species of trees and vines. To promote greater diversity and resilience of the meadow to support pollinators, wildflowers are mowed just once per year and the pick-a-thon and seed gathering event was an opportunity for the community to gather wildflowers and seed heads before mowing took place.

Small bags for seeds and instructions for sowing were available and Stormwater Planning Division staff were present to answer questions about the pollinator meadow, seed collecting and sowing.

News articles:
The Pollinator Meadow at the Government Center
'Take the Meadow Home with You' - Pollinator Meadow Pick-A-Thon July 18, 2017

For additional information:
Irene Haske, Information Officer, Farifax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, 703-324-5821,

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