The Butterfly Pavilion has just announced a new "pollinator district" to help support biodiversity and world food supply - and it's something you can easily do in your own yard!
Planting a pollinator-plant-rich area in and around your landscape supports bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, birds and small mammals.
Your pollinator 'district' might include native shrubs and wildflowers, native flowering plants and shrubs, and even a small patio pond or fountain for water.
Pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem and without them our food options would be extremely limited.
One out of three bites of food you eat relies on pollinators. For example, did you know chocolate begins with midges (little flies) pollinating a cacao flower?
Suggestions for good pollinator plants:
- Echinacea (coneflower)
- Garden Sage
- Mondarda (Bee Balm)
- Rocky Mountain Penstemen
- Agastache (Sunset Hyssop)
Click here for: Low-water Native Plants for Pollinators
Creating a pollinator habitat: click here (provides a comprehensive plant list for early, mid, and late season)
Learn more: Million Pollinator Garden Movement