The Marian Library at the University of Dayton received the collected papers of John Stokes, who popularized Mary gardens in the United States, in 2007.
Our Urban Pollinator Project grew out of a pilot project conducted in 2015. With support from the Greater Dayton Foundation, we partnered with Mission of Mary Farm, East End Community Services and Queen of Apostles’ religious education program to install pollinator gardens in the Twin Towers neighborhood and develop educational opportunities for students.
Today, we continue the vision of that initial project - to beautify neighborhoods, educate residents of all ages, and create habitat for threatened pollinators - with our Urban Pollinator Garden Fund. The Fund supports grants of plants from MEEC's native plant nurseries to community groups in underserved areas in Greater Dayton. MEEC staff helps plan installations and provides technical support to garden teams to ensure the gardens can provide habitat and educational opportunities into the future.
To make a contribution to the Urban Pollinator Garden Fund, click here.