Before beginning your project, be sure to read through the entire project packet to ensure that you do not miss any important details.


  • To help with your project planning, follow KNCB's Facebook page as we will be spotlighting projects and tips that may be helpful or pertinent to your event.

  • Another way to get ideas for your project is to visit the Butterfly Garden at Park Circle which has plant id tags, the Butterfly Garden at the Northwoods Community Center, or other educational gardens to see types of sustainable plants you may wish to include in your planting projects. 


  • Garden centers will help you create a good sustainable plan which includes perennial, native, low-maintenance, and drought-tolerant plants. If you are looking to create specialty gardens like butterfly gardens, they can help with that as well. There are often grants and other funding available for plantings that include a pollinator garden. You should bring a photograph of your project when visiting your nursery specialist. Many garden centers can pre-order your plants and have them ready for you to pick up all at one time. Remember to ask these centers for a discount on your plants. When selecting your plants, consider planting in large masses of the same plants of the same color. This is eye-catching and attractive to wildlife.


  • Make sure you have someone designated to maintain your project throughout the year, especially in the hot summer months when students and staff may be limited. Decide who will do the necessary maintenance on your project during the year. Funding will need to be available to replant and add mulch as necessary.


  • Before you start planting, be sure to contact No Cuts (PUPS) at 1-888-721-7877 so utility lines will be marked before you plant. If there is irrigation, make sure you know where the lines run in the garden.


  • Recruit volunteers for your project. Your neighbors, friends, and co-workers may jump at a chance to give back to the community. You can promote your event through word of mouth, newsletters, websites, social media, meeting announcements, and community calendars.


  • Make sure that all of your volunteers sign in on your liability release. Please make sure that no photographs are taken of volunteers who have not signed a liability release.

  • Secure all equipment and supplies. This includes landscaping supplies and water for your volunteers. If you need any items, ask for donations from your neighbors or area businesses. If volunteers bring tools, make sure it is marked with their name so that it can be returned. Send a donation request letter well in advance stating your specific needs to businesses and then follow up with a call or visit. You may also ask local restaurants or grocery stores to donate refreshments for your event.


  • Lastly, have a fun, safe, and rewarding CCS project. Remember to take lots of photographs and thank your sponsors and volunteers for their support and hard work. Thank you for helping us make North Charleston bloom with beauty!