Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

by | Jun 15, 2015 | Native Plants

THE LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER has partnered with conservation organizations across the United States to form the National Pollinator Garden Network and launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

The challenge is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. It is a response to President Barack Obama’s federal strategy to promote the health of pollinators by restoring or enhancing millions of acres of land for pollinators.

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Digger bees (Melissodes sp.) and many other native bees rely on pollen and nectar from native wildflowers, like black-eyed Susans, to survive and riase their young. PHOTO Val Bugh

Create a Garden. Take the Challenge.

If you already have a garden that supports pollinators, you can register your garden here.

If you’d like to get started planting a pollinator garden, the Wildflower Center has lists of plants great for butterflies and bees and some great tips on creating a butterfly garden.

Check Out These Pollinator Pairs

Native pollinators have evolved for millennia with native plants that provide nectar and pollen to support pollinators’ growth and reproduction. The plants benefit, too, as the insects and birds move pollen from plant to plant, aiding in fertilization and seed development. Without native plants, there would be no pollinators, and without pollinators, no plants.

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Help us create more habitat for our amazing native plants and pollinators. Join the challenge today!