Protecting our Pollinators: 2017 Cultural Arts Project

 Mixed Media work by Ann Wydeven

Mixed Media work by Ann Wydeven

The Richards Pollinator Garden is an ongoing project of the PTO’s Beautification Committee. Work on the gardens at the main entrance of the school began in 2014. Today the garden bed on the left side is home to approximately twenty different species of plants native to Wisconsin. The garden supports six different species of butterflies, by providing food plants for their larvae, or caterpillars; and is certified by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). In addition to the host plants, all of the flowering plants are nectar sources for pollinating insects.  

 Richards Butterfly Garden

Richards Butterfly Garden

 Artist Ann Wydeven in her studio

Artist Ann Wydeven in her studio

 Mosaic by Ann Wydeven

Mosaic by Ann Wydeven

Throughout January and February, all Richards Students will have the opportunity to work with artist Ann Wydeven and their classmates to create either:

  • Mosaicked stepping stones for the butterfly garden, or
  • Plant identification markers for the many native species of plants growing there.

As part of the artistic process, students will learn about:

  • The importance of native species
  • Providing plants for caterpillars as well as butterflies
  • The crucial role pollinators play in our earth’s ecosystem

 Fountain, mosaicked back splash, and vessel by Ann Wydeven 

Fountain, mosaicked back splash, and vessel by Ann Wydeven 

 Vessel by Ann Wydeven 

Vessel by Ann Wydeven 

 Mosaic by Ann Wydeven

Mosaic by Ann Wydeven

 Mosaicked fountain by Ann Wydeven

Mosaicked fountain by Ann Wydeven