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The Pollinators

Who Are the Pollinators ?
Why Do We Care ?

This is a set of display boards we use for educational events.
Many thanks to Joy Savoie for helping us assemble this project!

Click each panel to access a pdf version for printing.

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We love this graphic of an ideal garden.

But a few additional features are still needed to create the
'perfect' pollinator garden!

Review all the great information on this page and see if you can identify what's missing!

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Pollinators face many challenges in the landscape.
Let's do our part to help make the world a better place for them - and therefore, for us.

This is why we do what we do. Our new friend Jon sent us this note after taking the time to watch an early video (2011) by Dr. Doug Tallamy about the importance of native plants. Thank you very much, Jon, for writing the note and allowing us to share it! "Thanks for alerting me to the Doug Tallamy video. Prior to seeing it I never understood so many people's focus on and advocacy for native plants. I'm almost embarrassed that I didn't know about native plants' (versus non-natives) critical functions in our ecosystem and why they are so absolutely essential. I'm surprised that the information in this short video (let alone so much more) isn't more fully known by more people. Because this video is so clear, I think it could strike others as it struck me. Thanks for the education!"

Now you know a lot about pollinators and why they are important!

Are there other important garden features not mentioned in the graphic at the top of this page? How about these?

  • A variety of plants (which include trees, shrubs perennials, annuals, and bulbs) that provide flowers with pollen and/or nectar all year long, with at least 70% of the species native to our region.

  • Plants that serve as food ("host" plants) for caterpillars of moths and butterflies. Although milkweed for monarchs is the most well-known singular relationship, most species of caterpillars have evolved to eat only a few native plant species. 

  • Native bunch grasses that serve as host plants and provide shelter for overwintering.

  • Waiting until spring to clean up, especially the leaves. Notice that many plants have hollow stems just perfect for tiny native bees and other insects to overwinter.

  • Minimal outdoor lighting (have you checked out Dark Sky lights?) spring through fall.

  • No pesticides (which includes herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides).

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