The City of Rome is recognized for encouraging pollinator habitats and is home to two public pollinator gardens just off the Heritage Trail in Ridge Ferry Park. Bee City USA is a national initiative which aims to help fight “colony collapse disorder” and other threats to food and tree pollinators. Both gardens are designated stops on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
Using documents related to the Chieftain Museum/Major Ridge Home, the museum created a garden that represents the various orchards that Major Ridge had on his land 200 years ago. Much of the original plantings on what was at one time a 200-plus acre plantation are in the garden including: plum, fig, peach, cherry apple, quince trees and 10 different types of blueberry bushes.; butterflies like bees, are pollinators.
The demonstration garden includes four distinct areas including a kitchen bed, a medicinal bed, an area with native plants and a commercial bed.
This center hosts a myriad of educational programs on the ecology of the area and Northwest Georgia. Located outside the front of the center is a pollinator garden full of plantings native to the area and is maintained by local master gardeners.
Fun Fact: Rome and Floyd County are home to more than 70 private beekeepers.