NH first lady unveils large pollinator garden

The New Hampshire first lady is unveiling a new pollinator garden at the governor’s mansion in Concord.A ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 am Saturday at Bridges House to unveil the project.First Lady Valerie Sununu said the garden is already attracting butterflies and honeybees “This is so exciting,” she said. “This is a passion project. So, I’m just thrilled that this has come to be.”The garden features about 1,400 pollinator-friendly plants that are native to New Hampshire. the first lady and her family helped with the planting, aiming for a garden that was beautiful and educational.”I designed it so that people, when they enter the garden, they will automatically be learning — through osmosis, through the QR code, through the literature in the little free library, or they can just take it in,” Sununu said. The cooperative effort included many community partners, such as master gardeners from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Morgan Mead-Sullivan from NHTI designed the landscape for her internship.”We just wanted to have the most beautiful hardscape and birdbath to just really frame these native plants and show them in the best possible way,” Mead-Sullivan said.”This garden was very much designed to attract pollinators, to feed birds, to provide housing for monarchs and other butterflies, so this garden has a very specific purpose,” said Stephanie Green, UNH Extension master gardener. The garden was funded through donations and by the nonprofit organization Friends of Bridges House.People will be able to visit the garden when the Bridges House holds public events.

The New Hampshire first lady is unveiling a new pollinator garden at the governor’s mansion in Concord.

A ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 am Saturday at Bridges House to unveil the project.

First Lady Valerie Sununu said the garden is already attracting butterflies and honeybees.

“This is so exciting,” she said. “This is a passion project. So, I’m just thrilled that this has come to be.”

The garden features about 1,400 pollinator-friendly plants that are native to New Hampshire. the first lady and her family helped with the planting, aiming for a garden that was beautiful and educational.

“I designed it so that people, when they enter the garden, they will automatically be learning — through osmosis, through the QR code, through the literature in the little free library, or they can just take it in,” Sununu said.

The cooperative effort included many community partners, such as master gardeners from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Morgan Mead-Sullivan from NHTI designed the landscape for her internship.

“We just wanted to have the most beautiful hardscape and birdbath to just really frame these native plants and show them in the best possible way,” Mead-Sullivan said.

“This garden was very much designed to attract pollinators, to feed birds, to provide housing for monarchs and other butterflies, so this garden has a very specific purpose,” said Stephanie Green, UNH Extension master gardener.

The garden was funded through donations and by the nonprofit organization Friends of Bridges House.

People will be able to visit the garden when the Bridges House holds public events.