Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind. In the Educational Garden, our pollinator patch contains plants which attract pollinators. It’s so exciting to witness “nature in action” as a Monarch caterpillar finds life on a milkweed plant! We have untold numbers of butterflies and bees in our gardens every day.
Around the world, we’re losing our natural pollinators. Pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites.
What We Can Do
- Cultivate native plans, especially those that provide nectar and larval food for pollinators
- Install houses for bats and native bees
- Supply salt or mineral licks for butterflies and water for all wildlife
- Reduce pesticide use
- Substitute flower beds for lawns