My name is Gillian Fable, and I am an Ambassador in the Girl Scouts. I have been in Girl Scouts for over 10 years. This experience has helped me to grow from being a shy and quiet girl to being an outgoing, courageous and strong leader. Girl Scouts helps me contribute to the community while collaborating with like-minded females who want to better themselves and have a successful future. Girl Scouts is much more than selling cookies; it also contributes to a girl’s academic success, helps them gain leadership skills, look for solutions to problems and challenge their thinking. I am proud that I am a part of such a positive group.
I recently completed my Girl Scouts Gold Award, which is the highest award an Ambassador in Girl Scouts can receive. For this project, I decided to create a pollinator garden in Canarsie Park. This is because a pollinator garden will help refurbish and rehabilitate Canarsie Park, as well as help attract birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators who are having trouble finding food and nutrients, thus helping to maintain the ecosystem. There has been a decrease in the population of bees and other pollinators around the world, so planting plants that invite these pollinators will help the population increase.
On Saturday, June 10th, with the support of Partnership for Parks, NYC Parks Horticulture Department and my troop, P.S. 276 Girl Scouts, we planted several native species of flowers and plants at a section of Canarsie Park behind the park house. Surrounded by a brick border and wire fence, the garden includes such beautiful and fragrant plants like Rockin Red Sweet William, Native Virginia Rose and Shirobana Pink/White Spire. This new garden is the fifth pollinator garden in Brooklyn. Community residents can enjoy this new garden and learn more by visiting my website at pollinator-garden101.my.canva.site/canarsie-park or scanning a QR code on a sign near the garden.