Posvar Pollinator Garden on Clemente

Located on the South patio of Posvar Hall, the Posvar Pollinator Garden on Clemente was designed by Pitt students and planted in June 2021 in partnership with Pitt’s Grounds department.

This garden is home to a variety of different native plant species that have symbiotic relationships with the pollinators in Western Pennsylvania. The plants have bloom times from spring to fall, supporting pollinators year-round. The different flower colors and shapes also attract a plethora of different species- from bees to birds to bats to butterflies- so stick around and see which pollinators you can spot!

Sustainable Plantings:

  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Calico Beardtongue (Penstemon calycosus)
  • Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Field Thistle (Cirsium discolor)
  • Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Jade Frost (Eryngium planum)
  • Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
  • Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
  • Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)

Why are pollinators so important? 

  • 75% of the world’s food crop depends on pollination from wild pollinators. Without pollinators we will have a greater difficulty producing foods like strawberries, peanuts, non-dairy milks, and other crops such as cotton.
  • 40% of invertebrate pollinator species currently face extinction. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, pollinator population decline may also lead to decreases in biodiversity and make more plant species susceptible to extinction.


Spring 2020 Undergraduate Student Design Team (GEO Sustainability Course taught by Ward Allebach):

“B’s in the Burgh”

  • Emily Ehrenberger, Environmental Studies, Class of 2023 
  • Joshua Smallwood, Environmental Science, Class of 2023 
  • Elijah Cordrey, Environmental Studies, Class of 2022

B’s in the Burgh on Roberto Clemente drive side of Posvar h\Hall, pollinating garden, emily ehrenberger, emily kelly, claire perciner, josh smallwood