DoD 2011 NPLD Project – Women in Bloom Memorial Garden, Aberdeen Proving Ground

DoD is funding 41 National Public Lands Day (NPLD) sites on military installations in 2011. The event  encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America’s natural wonders through outdoor recreation. Find out more about one of these projects below.

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) completed its major Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) transformation this September, becoming the Army’s center for research, development, engineering, and science. Our NPLD project is collaborative effort to enhance both natural and cultural resources. We combined pollinator habitat creation with development of a memorial that celebrates military and civilian women’s achievements in research and development since the establishment of APG in 1917.

Volunteers plant host plant species to support pollinators (wild ginger for pipevine swallowtail caterpillars).

Volunteers plant host plant species to support pollinators (wild ginger for pipevine swallowtail caterpillars).

During the first phase of the project, on Saturday, October 22, 10 volunteers planted 210 native flowers and shrubs in a garden near Garrison Headquarters. Both nectar-producing species and host species were chosen to enhance pollinator habitat. This location also will be used as the site for a unique memorial dedicated to all women, past, present, and future, working in the sciences on the installation. The memorial garden, which will be called “Women in Bloom” will be dedicated during Women’s History Month in March 2012.

Volunteers plant winterberry holly, a nectar-producing shrub.

Volunteers plant winterberry holly, a nectar-producing shrub.

Volunteers planting pollinator garden at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Volunteers planting pollinator garden at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Project Contact: Terri Kaltenbacher, teresa.a.kaltenbacher.civ@mail.mil

 

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About Carla Voorhees

Carla Voorhees has always been interested in science, from the time she grew string beans under varying conditions for the science fair (3rd grade) to the time she took every math and science class she could during high school. As her path during college and beyond took her somewhat away from the hard sciences, she is thrilled to be a part of the Armed With Science team. Carla holds a B.S. in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2007), and an M.B.A. in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts (2010). She works as a Web Strategist at DOD Public Web.
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  • http://www.active-investor.com RichardS

    Very cool to see the military installations getting a little landscaping. Growing up in the Navy it was incredible to see the diverse duty stations my dad was sent to. Makes me miss it.