Pollinator Garden at Bag & Baggage


Enjoy the Literary Pollinator Garden designed by local Glencoe High School student, Lazar Isakharov. HDP helped Lazar bring this beautiful garden to fruition with the help of volunteers from Bag&Baggage and the neighboring community.

The garden is located at Bag & Baggage at 350 E. Main St. 

This garden serves as an educational tool about the literary significance of specially chosen flowers and greenery, as well as attract native pollinators including bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and others. 

Look below to see pictures of the project find more information about the plants you can find in the garden! 

“…the winter is kind and leaves red berries on the boughs for hungry sparrows…”

~John Geddes, “A Familiar Rain,” 2011

“The morning-glories on the wall

Fling out their purple trumpets to the wind,—”

~Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (1832–1911), “October,” c.1866


Bees probably have more impact on your life than you realize. Bees are pollinators, meaning they carry pollen between plants. This is a part of the plant life cycle, including 90% of leading global food crops. Without bees, we could not have the food we love, such as fruits, nuts, coffee, and vanilla. Bees also pollinate plants like alfalfa and clover, which are eaten by livestock, making them an important part of the economy. Bees are vital in maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Pollination fertilizes flowers and other plants, making seeds, and providing habitat and food for animals, making up the base of the food chain. Recent trends show that the bee population is decreasing, and this garden represents a way that we can help them. The plants in this garden were selected to provide a valuable food source and habitat for our local pollinators.

“Flower of this purple dye, 

Hit with Cupid’s archery, 

Sink in the apple of his eye.”

~WIlliam Shakespere (1564-1616), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 1600


Spanish Lavender Lavandula stoechas

Black- eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planiscapus

Silver thyme Thymus vulgaris ‘Argenteus

Pansy Viola tricolor var. hortensis

Snow crystals Lobularia maritima

Candytuft Iberis

Lupine Lupinus

Evergreen Huckleberry Vaccinium ovatum

Vancouver jade Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Hardy fuchsia Fuchsia magellanica

Autumn Joy Sedum Hylotelephium telephium

Everillo Carex oshimensis

Purple Beauty Phlox Phlox subulata

Stonecrop sedum Sedum litoreum

Evergreen Violet Viola sempervirens

Sea Pink Armeria maritima

Red-flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum

Early Blue Violet Viola adunca