GardenFORLife

GardenFORLifeInitiative

The goals of the GardenFORLife initiative are simple.

 Aim to garden FOR life instead of against it.

The FOR stands for Focus on Relationships, for example, the relationship of mycorrhiza to plant root health, between healthy roots and healthy leaves, between leaves and the insects that consume them, between flowers and pollinators, etc. By promoting the practices that build biodiversity and nurture life at all levels of our landscapes, we can cultivate a better relationship with our gardens and our communities.

Our broad goals are to:

  • Transform sterile lawns into eco-friendly landscapes

  • Preserve and restore vital pollinator habitats in communities across South Carolina including our highway roadside wildflower programs

  • Partner with local schools, community gardens and garden club members to create pollinator gardens and community pollinator habitats 

  • Develop and promote education stations for pollinator awareness at all major arboretums, botanical gardens, public parks and welcome centers  

  • Reverse the devastating endangerment of bees, butterflies and other native pollinators  

 

As clubs, councils and districts, let’s Focus on Relationships that encourage life!  

  • Educate yourself and your club/council on the interconnection between native plants, native pollinators, native wildlife and people.  

  • Certify Backyard Wildlife habitats through NWF and/or SCWF  

  • Certify Pollinator habitats through Xerces Society, Monarch Watch, NABA, or a similar organization  

  • Partner with your local community gardens to establish pollination stations, beetle banks and bee gardens in common area with signage that promotes education  

  • Work with HOAs to update covenants and restrictions to support bio-intensive eco-relationships 

  • Plant 1 native tree PER garden club member to support host habitats  

  • Add a Carolina Fence Garden, Highway Pollinator Habitat, or a Pollination Station at your Blue Star Marker locations.  

  • Ask your local municipality to fund a bond for Heritage Highway Habitats that include native trees, plants and pollinator meadow plants.

 

The GCSC goal for this project is to create 100 projects around our state that follow this initiative.