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Pollinator garden dedicated during ceremony at the fair grounds

County officials and master gardeners cut a ribbon formally opening the pollinator garden. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — Lisbon’s pollinator garden was officially dedicated during ceremonies last week at the Columbiana County Fair Grounds.

The garden, which is a collaborative effort between the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce and the OSU Extension Office, was the result of a $3,750 grant from the Columbiana County Land Bank. The grant was received last year, one of three such awards awarded by the agency.

Pollinator gardens are intended to attract butterflies, bees, moths and hummingbirds as well as serving to educate viewers as to the importance those creatures play. Butterflies and others help pollinate many vegetable and fruit crops.

“Pollinator gardens are popping up all over as people realize the importance of the role of butterflies, bees and moths in food production,” said Lisbon Mayor Peter Wilson during the dedication, which was attended by county commissioners and other county officials. “Pollinator gardens are also a great education tool for young people and beginning gardeners.”

The garden is located near the main entrance of the fairgrounds in front of Barn #25 and is intended to draw pollinators from the early spring to late fall through the staggered blooming of bushes and flowers.

“The chamber wants to thank the OSU Extension Office and all of the master gardeners who helped,” said Chamber President Linda Donnalley. “This was definitely a collaboration.”

The two also thanked the Land Bank, County Commissioners, the Fair Board, Mahoning and Columbiana County master gardeners, Richardson Monuments, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center’s woodworking class for making the benches, and LaDawn Whitman and Aimee George from Living Waters Yoga Studio for donating the meditation platform.

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