Bees, butterflies, birds and bats are among the pollinator species we have to thank for one out of every three bites of food we eat. More than two-thirds of our crops are dependent on these pollinators, which are experiencing population decline all across the world. Pollinator-friendly roadside gardens of flowering plants and trees can provide nectar and pollen sources and give these busy, beautiful creatures the boost they need to thrive – and to help us thrive, too.
The Georgia Conservancy, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the team at The Ray came together in 2016 to install a 7,000-square-foot pollinator garden at the Georgia Visitor Information Center along The Ray’s stretch of I-85 in West Point.
The first of its kind at any Georgia DOT facility, the pollinator garden is a perfect habitat for honeybees and butterflies. It also helps beautify The Ray, showcasing to Georgians and visitors what’s possible when we reimagine our highways in a way that’s more sustainable and healthier for all species.
Beautification of The Ray is ongoing, and the Visitor Center’s pollinator garden is just one of the first visual delights to sprout. Keep your eyes open for what’s to come!