By Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability | November 25, 2019
Tucked beside Walker Memorial, just across from the Charles River, is a new space for the MIT community, native plants, and some important supporters — pollinators. The Hive Garden, a first-of-its-kind garden at MIT, recently opened on Saxon Lawn, creating a small and unique outdoor community space on campus.
Designed as a sustainability garden that will be in part maintained by students, the Hive Garden hosts nearly 40 unique varieties of plants to attract and support pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies, and moths — essential contributors to sustainable ecosystems and food systems. The garden also serves as a test bed for co-designing outdoor spaces to connect to, and learn from, nature in an urban setting.