‘Good Neighbor’ recognized for efforts to save monarch butterflies

Rochester Pollinators Committee receives grant to double city’s butterfly garden

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 7, 2020

 The Rochester Pollinators Committee plans to double the size of the new Rochester Municipal Park butterfly garden, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.

The Rochester Pollinators Committee plans to double the size of the new Rochester Municipal Park butterfly garden, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.

Photo provided by Marilyn Trent

 Marilyn Trent, center right, was recently recognized with a Good Neighbor Award. Following the presentation, she posed for a quick photo with Rochester City Beautiful Commission board member Laura Murphy, left, City Beautiful Commission Chair Tammy Byers, center left; and former Rochester City Councilwoman Kim Russell, right.

Marilyn Trent, center right, was recently recognized with a Good Neighbor Award. Following the presentation, she posed for a quick photo with Rochester City Beautiful Commission board member Laura Murphy, left, City Beautiful Commission Chair Tammy Byers, center left; and former Rochester City Councilwoman Kim Russell, right.

Photo provided by Marilyn Trent

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ROCHESTER — Marilyn Trent was recently recognized for her efforts to get the community involved in saving monarch butterflies, earning her a  Good Neighbor Award.

“She’s a great example of a ‘Good Neighbor’ on many levels, but what tipped the scales was her involvement, her commitment, her passion for monarch butterflies,” said Tammy Byers, the chair of the City Beautiful Commission. “She has an amazing passion for monarch butterflies and has been educating our community, along with others, all about them.”

The Good Neighbor Award program was created by the City Beautiful Commission so residents of Rochester could nominate an adult or youth for their good, neighborly work.

Trent and the City Beautiful Commission created a subcommittee called the Rochester Pollinators last March. The Rochester Pollinators’ mission is to “provide education and resources to preserve the monarch butterfly and local pollinators.” By reintroducing Michigan native plants into local landscapes — including homes, gardens, businesses and municipal property — the group aims to encourage the revitalization of pollinator populations.

“We’ve been kind of busy since March, and we’ve accomplished a lot,” Trent said. “No one could be more ecstatic and excited about the support that I have gotten,” she said, naming the Downtown Development Authority, the City Council, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, the City Beautiful Commission and City Manager Nik Banda, among others.

Since its inception, the Rochester Pollinators Committee has held two native plant giveaways at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market, and Trent said she plans to add more in 2020. It has also worked with the DDA’s landscaping to introduce pollinator-friendly plants to Main Street, which Trent said will be expanded in 2020. The group also advised the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail on native plants for the Moutrie Pollinator Garden and the Stoney Creek High School Gardening Club on native plants for its pollinator planters.

“We’re just getting started, so stay tuned. I have a lot planned,” Trent said.

The Rochester Pollinators Committee was recently awarded a $1,000 grant through the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester’s Enhancement Fund to purchase additional Michigan native plants in support of doubling the size of the new Rochester Municipal Park butterfly garden.

“There are few things in life that are more gratifying than being able to fund worthwhile projects in our community,” Community Foundation President Jo Allen said in a statement. “The fact that the pollinator gardens help restore some balance to the environment makes them very special.”

Banda, who also serves as the city’s economic and community development director, said the butterfly garden has been phenomenally popular and has gotten a lot of positive feedback.

“We are excited to double the size in 2020 and also add informational signage. This donation will help us accomplish that,” Banda said in a statement.

Trent said the Rochester Pollinators Committee has really helped bring the community together.

“I’ve never seen so many walks of life care about things that I have put forth, but it’s not just me, it’s the rest of the nation. It’s a national issue, and it’s an ecologically solvable problem we can all solve in our own backyard — and we are,” she said.   

For more information on the Rochester Pollinators Committee, visit rochestermi.org/pollinators or email pollinators@trentcreative.com.

For more information about the Good Neighbor Award, visit www.rochestermi.org/cbc.

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