Ferndale Electric Company has established a natural pollinator-friendly garden at their headquarters, taking advantage of a two-year-old City of Ferndale natural landscaping policy. The policy, initially spearheaded by Councilmember Melanie Piana, encourages Ferndale residents and businesses to landscape with native plants that are beneficial to native wildlife, reduce costs, lower garden maintenance, and help create a distinctive sense of place within the City.
The 600-square-foot garden, established by Ferndale Electric earlier this summer, features many local plant species, such as black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, columbine, honeysuckle, and wild strawberry.
“We designed the garden with locally appropriate native plant species beneficial to butterflies, native bees, and songbirds,” says John Hillock, president of Ferndale Electric. “Through our effort, we hope to educate our employees and community about the global need to support biodiversity and the simple ways that it can be done.”
The horticultural project marks one of the first times a businesses has registered a natural landscape with the City.
“We believe in supporting the communities in which we live and work, so this makes sense,” Hillock adds.
Residents who plan to plant and maintain native landscaping are reminded to register their property with the City. There is no cost, and doing so helps City staff to educate people concerned about ordinance violations.