The Mid-Atlantic region is home to a remarkable range of pollinators, including nineteen bumble bee species and thousands of species of native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, hover flies, flower visiting beetles, wasps and moths. Several important pollinators are threatened for many reasons – one of which is habitat loss due to dramatic declines in native plant communities needed to support these animals.
Pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes play an essential role in the effort to revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country. Planting flowering plants and trees will increase nectar and pollen sources and thus improve the health and numbers of these pollinator populations.
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Homestead Gardens supports the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. This campaign seeks to register a million public and private pollinator gardens across the nation in 2016. Through our efforts, we hope to increase the number of pollinator gardens in our own backyard – the DC, Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay regions.
You too can make a difference. Join the Homestead Pollinator Club for education, expert advice and special sales on pollinator friendly plants and resources.
Homestead Gardens’ Mission
Homestead Gardens is committed to building a community of gardeners devoted to preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat through education, exploration, fun, science and adventure.
Regardless of age, available space and gardening experience, anyone can BEE a Hero by doing the following:
- Plant a pollinator friendly garden.
- Register to BEE counted.
- Use sustainable gardening practice.
- Support pollinator-friendly businesses.
- Keep an eye out for new pollinator resources.
- Spread the word!
Register to BEE Counted!
What qualifies as a “pollinator garden”? Is my garden large enough? These are both great questions! Anything from as small as a window box or container garden to as large as an entire landscape can qualify! The only requirement is that the plants used provide nectar and pollen sources. Pollinator gardens may incorporate flowering annuals and perennials, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.
We also recommend that your pollinator garden:
|• provides a water source (damp sponge, birdbath, shallow pan etc.)||• be in a sunny area with windbreaks to make it easier to visit flowers|
|• creates large “pollinator targets” of native or non-invasive plants||• establishes continuous bloom throughout the growing season|
The Homestead Gardens Pollinator Palette
This outstanding collection of flowers provides nectar sources and host plants to support beneficial pollinators in your garden–bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and more. Join the Pollinator Club to keep updated!