Here at the History Center we're creating a new pollinator garden. We planted native species, and are limiting the use of herbicides and pesticides in order to provide food and habitat for a variety of pollinators.
We have pollinators to thank for many of the world's crops and flowers. Bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, hummingbirds, bats, and even small mammals are all pollinators. They visit flowers for food (energy-rich nectar or protein-rich pollen) and transfer pollen grains between flowers of the same species, so plants can produce fertile fruits and seeds.
Pollinator gardens are environmentally friendly. Once established, native plants don't require fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, or watering.
Monarch butterfly on purple coneflower. Credit: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Bumblebee. Credit: Therese Scheller.
Monarch Butterfly. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Monarch Caterpillar. Credit: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Butterfly Weed. Credit: Therese Scheller
Common Milkweed. Credit: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Culver's Root. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
New England Aster. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pale Purple Coneflower. Credit: Therese Scheller
Purple Coneflower. Credit: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Purple Prairie Clover. Credit: Therese Scheller
Prairie Blazing Star. Credit: Therese Scheller
Wild Bergamot. Credit: Therese Scheller