Pandapas Pond Pollinator Garden


4171 Pandapas Pond Rd

Blacksburg, VA 24060

Visiting Hours

Sunrise - Sunset

Volunteer Contact

Barbara Walker

The Pandapas Pond Pollinator Garden is located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 1/3 mile from the Pandapas Pond parking lot.  Established in 2008 by the Eastern Divide Ranger District, the garden is now primarily maintained by Master Naturalist and community volunteers.   There are 24 split rail-enclosed flowerbeds at the habitat; most of them are 8’ x 8’ in size. A gravel path runs between them.  There is also a rain garden and several larger, less manicured beds around the perimeter of the area.

The garden features over 75 species of plants, including wildflowers, vines, shrubs, grasses and trees.  The majority of the plants are native to the Montgomery / Giles County area.  Labels and interpretive signs help visitors learn the names of the flowers and their benefits to our area pollinators.  It is our hope that some of the visitors to the garden will be inspired to plant pollinator-beneficial natives in their home gardens.

The garden has recently been designated as an iNaturalist project to document the types and frequency of pollinator visitors. In addition to the butterflies, bees, wasps and moths, a variety of birds can be seen and heard at the garden area.  All visitors are welcome!