Chaffee Gardens

RUTLAND — Rutland County Audubon Society has been approved for its 2022 Collaborative Grant from National Audubon to help establish pollinator-friendly gardens in the backyard of Chaffee Art Center, South Main Street in Rutland. Pollinator gardens are comprised of only native trees, plants and shrubs most beneficial to sustaining pollinators, including bees, butterflies and birds.

Chaffee director Sherri Birkheimer Rooker plans to expand the gardens to create an outdoor space for visitors or as a venue for a special event. This gardening project will involve many community members in planting and maintenance and will be used to educate local school students, as well as the general public, about the importance of native plants and pollinators.