On Saturday October 16th the Ecotype Project and our partner Geordie Elkins from Highstead and Deepika Saksena of the Darien Pollinator Pathway, joined the Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery “All Things Pollinators” end of season celebration at their nursery in the Newhallville neighbrohood of New Haven, Connecticut.

The mayor of New Haven Justin Elicker joined founder Doreen Abubakar and Dennis Riordan of Menunkatuck Audubon Society in cutting the ribbon of their newly built greenhouse.

We demonstrated native seed cleaning techniques and discussed the importance of utilizing “truly local” native seed in establishing pollinator habitats “ecoregionally” to ensure we are putting “the right plants in the right place.”

Urbanscapes will be installing their first of three founder plots with White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata) from the project. The nursery educates local youth in native plant propagation and their founder plot will provide a great resource for producing and sharing ecotypic seed with their neighborhood supporters and the work they lead with the Pollinator Pathway of New Haven.