Sunday, March 5, 2017

Overview

Planting of the pollinator garden began in the late summer of 2016.  The garden is L-shaped  and located in a full sun to part sun setting.  The east end of the garden features a mason bee house.  The initial planting of pollinator attracting plants included achillea, asclpeias, buddleia, caryopteris, coreopsis, liatris, nepeta, phlox, and salvia – many transplanted from other Teaching Garden areas.   Plants will be added in 2017 to achieve a diversity of flower types, shapes, sizes, and bloom times in order to provide nectar or pollen for a range of pollinating insects throughout the growing season.  Native plants will be given priority to cater to all shapes and sizes of native insect mouthparts.  The primary colors in the Pollinator Garden will be white, blue, purple, and yellow, with red and orange accents.  Plans include building a habitat and water feature for pollinators.