Baskin Elementary in San Antonio receives $1,000 grant for pollinator program

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Baskin Elementary School in San Antonio recently received a $1,000 grant to establish a pollinator garden on the school campus.

The money, provided from a Feed-A-Bee program grant by the Bayer CropScience Division, was part of a larger grant given to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to fund pollinator initiatives and activities throughout Bexar County. Continue reading

If you want a good pollinator plant, think about a cup plant

By Norman Winter, University of Georgia

When it comes to backyard wildlife, the cup plant does it all. To me, it is like the flag-bearing perennial for bees, butterflies and birds. It is a stalwart and is native in 34 states, from Louisiana, north to Canada and sweeping across all states east.

Its size makes it seem like it is the composite, or aster, that ate New York. It is big, bold and wonderful, and this is the time of the year it shines the most. Continue reading

NCSU Student Creates Campus Pollinator Garden

If you have played through NC State’s Centennial Campus disc golf course, the start of hole four probably didn’t stand out as much more than an eroded slope.

But now — thanks to a partnership between an NC State graduate student and the university’s Grounds Management department — a large pollinator-friendly garden is both managing stormwater and providing habitat on campus. Continue reading

Attracting Pollinators to your Home Garden (in the South)

by Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, co-Director, Southern IPM Center

General Suggestions

You can attract butterflies and other insect pollinators to your yard or garden by growing plants that are attractive to both humans and pollinators (see list below for suggestions). You do not need a formal garden to include plants that will attract and support pollinators; even small patches of plants can help.

When choosing plants for your pollinator habitat, it is always best to aim for plant diversity. Consider that the bees and butterflies you want to attract need either food or habitat year-round. By including a variety of blooming herbs, trees and shrubs, vines as well as annuals and perennials in your garden, you will be not only attracting native pollinators, but also providing them a year-round place to thrive. Continue reading