After the Almeda Fire, we have the opportunity to grow back better.
We are helping people plant pollinator gardens, full of native plants, to bring back the pollinators after the fire.
Join us! Sign up here to sponsor a garden, donate materials, or to volunteer!
Are you, or someone you know, interested in installing a native pollinator garden as you rebuild after the fire? We can help you do that!
Bee a Pollinator Garden Partner!
Too many of our community members are not in a financial position to replant an entire pollinator garden. We can help you select, source, and plant your own pollinator garden!
Help us Restore the Earth One Native Drought Tolerant Pollinator Garden at a Time
We appreciate your support for this project and our ongoing work!
Your contributions help us continue to expand and develop our gardens and educational teachings about native pollinators for our local ecology.
We hope this program will inspire the plantings of more pollinator gardens throughout the valley and help us rebuild the Rogue Buzzway!
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The From Fire to Flowers Pollinator Garden
for Patti Ruiz, installed March 2022.
Our team: Sharon Bryson, Arti Kirch, Christine Freidel, Deb Vroman, Ellen Barry, LorrieAnne Miller, Karin Wares, Randy Stevenson, Nicole Hartsough, Viki Ashford, and Kristina Lefever
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Our first From Fire to Flowers Pollinator Garden for Christine Freidel, installed November 2021.
Our team: Christine Freidel, Deb Vroman, David Sours, Eddie Jansich, and Kristina Lefever
Why are pollinators important?
Ensuring a diversity of pollinator species in the Rogue Valley is crucial for our diverse ecosystems and food systems. From tiny to large, native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, flies, and hummingbirds pollinate our native trees and shrubs and the many food crops we eat every day, all while providing the perfect nourishment for birds, fish, and other wildlife.
In addition to pollinating the apples, carrots, squash, berries, lettuce, and more in our gardens, orchards, and farms, most of our native trees, shrubs, and flowering plants depend on these essential, hardworking pollinators to set seed and reproduce, thus insuring our Valley remains full of beautiful and diverse flora and fauna!
Did you know?
Caterpillars are high-protein food for baby birds! Like the monarch, the caterpillars of many moth and butterfly species eat only specific native plants.
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Why are native plants important?
Native plants local to our area serve the pollinators best -- from bumblebees looking for pollen and nectar in lupine and phacelia flowers to the Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) looking for various violet species. Like milkweed for
monarchs, violets are the only host plant
on which this beautiful butterfly will
lay its eggs. Every butterfly (and
moth) needs host plants for the
hungry caterpillars to eat!
Native trees, shrubs, grasses and
annual and perennial flowering
plants bring diversity and beauty to
the landscape and usually require
little in the way of care. Many species
are adapted to the native soil already
in our landscape, with little need for soil amend-ments. Many require very little water once estab-lished. Others are perfect for riparian areas along creeks and streams, providing much needed habitat and food sources for insects, birds, and other wildlife.
© K. Merganthaler
© David Lee Myers
Click here for more information about native pollinators and plants.
We are Grateful!
We couldn't do this work without the work of so many!
Gratitude to our Partner Nurseries and Growers:
Thank you, Plant Oregon, for your amazing plant donations!
We so appreciate the beautiful plants from Shooting
Star Nursery, Klamath Siskiyou Native Seeds, and
The Freshwater Trust! And thank you C3 Enterprise, for your help with delivery and soil work!
Many, many thanks to the team who is making these
Sharon Bryson, Arti Kirch, Christine Freidel, Deb Vroman,
Ellen Barry, LorrieAnne Miller, Karin Wares, Randy
Stevenson, Nicole Hartsough, Viki Ashford, David Sours,
Eddie Janisch, Deanna Mulaskey, Vanessa Henson, and Kristina Lefever. With guidance from Marcos of Scape Goats Home and Gardens, Kyle Poling, and Pete Gonzalves.
Special thanks to Karin Onkka of Karin Onkka Design,
for your beautiful designs for our From Fire to Flowers
logo and sign!
Help us bring back
native pollinators with native plants!