Gather and Harvest at Redpath Museum Pollinator Patches during the Harvest Moon

In honour of the 2021 Fall equinox and the Harvest Moon we would like to offer the McGill community a chance to gather and harvest from the two Museum Pollinator patches.

This year the Harvest Moon happens on Monday, September 20—just two days prior to the September equinox. The full Moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox is always called the ”Harvest Moon” because around the fall equinox, the full Moon rises around sunset for several nights in a row, which traditionally provided farmers with just enough extra light for them to finish their harvests before the killing frosts of fall set in. Normally, the Moon rises about an hour later each night, but around the time of the fall equinox, the angle of the Moon’s orbit and the tilt of the Earth line up just right and cause the Moon to rise only about 20 to 30 minutes later each night for several nights in a row.

Please take advantage of these extra minutes of sunlight to harvest from the Redpath Museum’s two gardens. You will find the locations and lots of notes  pinned in this downloadable StoryMap about foraging at McGill University’s downtown campus.

For example, in the Pollinator patch located beside the Burnside building you will find culinary herbs such as winter savory, sage and thyme, as well as roots from the medicinal plant Valerian. In the Pollinator patch located beside the Museum’s Geological Rock garden (west side of main entrance) you can harvest seed pods from the Delphinium and the Columbine.

If you are interested in spreading seeds collected from our hardy pollinator species such as Calendula (Calendula officinale), Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia) or Mallow (Malva sp.) please directly contact Ingrid Birker:

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