On March 13, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered schools closed in the interest of public safety. With the schoolhouse shuttered, many high school seniors are saying goodbye to their public school legacy without many commemorations. But one Norfolk Collegiate senior got to end the abrupt school year by celebrating pollinators and the native plants that support them. Just before the official state lockdown, Carson Giocondo gathered a handful of volunteers on a cold and rainy morning for planting at the newly improved kayak launch on 44th Street in Norfolk.
I spoke with Giocondo about his motivations for the project.
“I’ve always been interested in animals and wanted to be able to share that with the community,” he said. “I wanted to use what I learned about pollinators and ecological services.”
Giocondo, whose mother is an avid gardener, concocted the plans for a pollinator garden. He also understood increasing plant material at the site would help filter stormwater runoff from Colley Avenue and provide habitat for many species of wildlife.