The Pollinator Meadow at the Government Center

March 31, 2016
For Immediate Release

The Pollinator Meadow at the Government Center


Forty percent of all pollinator species are threatened with extinction. A pollinator meadow, such as the one planned at the Fairfax County Government Center, may make a difference in the survival rates of hundreds of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies. These hardworking insects pollinate 90 percent of all plant species and 75 percent of crops.

The meadow will cover about one acre of land near the ellipse, behind and to the north of the government center. Work began on March 30, 2016 in preparation for the installation of native meadow plants. Non-native species of trees and vines will be removed.

Environmental and other benefits:

  • Regulatory compliance with the county's MS4 permit
    • "Promote individual and group involvement in local water quality improvement initiatives."
    • "Encourage private property owners to implement voluntary stormwater management techniques."
  • Improved water quality in the nearby stream (5.11 pounds of nitrogen prevented from reaching the stream annually)
  • Public and employee environmental education opportunities
  • Greater numbers of butterflies, bumblebees, beetles, hummingbirds and other pollinator species
  • Improved habitat for songbirds and other wildlife
  • Beautification, aesthetic value
  • Partnerships

Employees, volunteers and members of the public are invited to send their pictures of the pollinator meadow to or Please include the name of the photographer. Pictures of the meadow may be posted to the county's Flickr page with credit to the photographer.

Project Updates:

A Pollinator Meadow is Planned at the Government Center (GC).

Volunteer to help install native plants on Thursday, May 12 or Saturday, May 14. If volunteers prefer not to create a personal profile on the web page, call the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at 703-324-1423, TTY 711.

Check Fairfax County Environment on Facebook for additional updates.

Inspiration and information for the home gardener may be seen at Green Spring Gardens.

Plant NOVA Natives is a regional partnership that promotes native plants in Northern Virginia.

This Biohabitats blog post discusses how people depend upon pollinators for produce, how urbanization has fragmented pollinator habitats and how riparian ecosystems provide habitats for birds and wildlife.

"Protecting Pollinators," by Smithsonian Gardens

"Could Disappearing Wild Insects Trigger a Global Crop Crisis?"

For more information call 703-324-5500, TTY 711, or email



Contact: Irene Haske
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-5821 TTY 711

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