Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but “pollinators” -bees in particular are getting a lot of attention lately. There has been a decline in the number of managed honey bee colonies over the past years and there are a number of reasons for it. On Wednesday July 22 at the Department of Agriculture the Arizona Nursery Association and the Department hosted a media day to talk about pollinators and plantings that will help attract and keep them in our gardens and communities.
We also just returned from the national industry trade show and conference hosted by AmericanHort, called “Cultivate”. They have formed an effort to plant and designate a million registered pollinator gardens “Grow Wise-BEE Smart” that we thought we’d share with you!
Also Harper’s Landscape and Gardening Centre has for years had a list of Plants that attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your garden or landscape-yes pollinators are more than bees. Birds, bats, beetles, hummingbirds, butterflies, and even flies can pollinate plants! Here are the links to those lists:
Most of these plants are heat and drought tolerant so they can be planted nearly if not all year round. So let’s beautify our homes and create the “Garden of Our Dreams” and attract pollinators at the same time-don’t just stand there-Plant Something!!