I pledge to plant a minimum of 10 pollinator-friendly plants, shrubs or trees in my yard. I will choose plants that bloom in succession including some that bloom in October and November. Warmer temperatures in those months will trigger honeybees to forage and they will return to the hive and eat honey stores if they find no food. Native pollinators will be hungry too!
We need the pollinators – honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, beetles, bats, and birds – because they are crucial to a healthy ecosystem and are responsible for pollinating 75 percent of the food we eat. If we continue destroying the environment, reducing pollinator food and habitat and spraying toxic chemicals on anything we consider to be a nuisance, we’ll have no food left to eat.
Bee balm, coneflower (Echinacea), black-eyed Susan, Penstemon beard tongue, milkweed (butterfly weed), fireweed, late-blooming yarrow and more native pollinator-friendly flowering plants can be found in garden centers, including Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center in Westport, which has a dedicated space for these plants along with free, expert guidance.
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Wakeman Town Farm has teamed up with the the Westport Garden Club, the Westport Library and Earthplace to promote the Pollinator Pathway project in Westport. Wakeman Town Farm offers an abundance of free workshops to help you have a successful pollinator garden in your yard.