National Pollinator Week

June 15-23, 2015

Easy-to-grow borage is a bee favorite.  Photo: Dan Corum

Easy-to-grow borage is a bee favorite. Photo: Dan Corum

National Pollinator Week is a celebration of the valuable ecological benefits provided by bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, and beetles. First established in 2007 by The Pollinator Partnership (P2), the initiative was created to raise awareness and inspire action in support of this critical link between environmental health and our food supply.

Since that time the movement has blossomed. Last month the White House released a Presidential Memorandum “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” Governors in all 50 states have issued Proclamations. And even Congress has taken action with the introduction of the Highways BEE Act (Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act).

But the greatest impact isn’t politics and paper but in planting.

  • Download the Bee Smart™ Pollinator Gardener app to find out what to plant to support pollinators in your region.
  • Don’t stop where your garden ends; plant pollinator-friendly landscapes at your school, office, library, or place of worship.
  • Boost native bees populations (and discover a new form of garden entertainment!) by providing a bee habitat/house.
Informative and engaging signs throughout the Garden prompt visitors to stop, look, and listen to what’s going on around them. Photo: Carol Bornstein

Informative and engaging signage at Nature Gardens prompts visitors to stop, look, and listen to what’s going on around them. Photo: Carol Bornstein

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