A pollinator garden on 38th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, steps from our office, is a garden for all seasons. At the height of the summer, there are blooming coneflowers and black-eyed Susans. Right now the garden is blanketed in white, the coneflowers covered with snow hats. It’s the perfect backdrop for viewing the metal art trellis — of golden bees and dragonflies darting among flowers — created by members of the community with the help of nearby Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC).
This is part of a project incorporating resilient native plantings and pollinator-themed art along the corridor, enhancing the vitality of the cultural district. Since last year, we’ve been working with CAFAC to partner with small businesses in the 38th Street corridor towards this goal. The project is funded by the City of Minneapolis Great Streets program and donations, and fueled by community energy and collaboration.