Hey Gardeners, Be Sure to Thank the Pollinators

This honeybee is dusted with yellow pollen, which it will inadvertently transfer to other flowers as it gathers nectar and pollen to bring back to the nest. Photo: Suzanne DeJohn

It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy ecosystems. Protecting pollinators isn’t just good for the planet; it’s good for you, too — because about one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. According to the Pollinator Partnership,

  • Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by an insect or animal.
  • Foods produced with the help of pollinators include apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds and tequila.
  • In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by learning more about pollinators, including steps you can take to create a pollinator-friendly landscape. And plan to attend a National Pollinator Week event in your region — you can find a list at the Pollinator Partnership web site.

Learn More

Learn more about pollinators in the following articles:

  • Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators: Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • All About Pollinators: How butterflies, bees, and other animals insure our gardens and crops
  • Planters for Pollinators: When you think about what to plant in your planters and windowboxes, consider making a few containers that are designed to attract birds and butterflies.
  • Attracting Beneficial Bees: Planting pollen- and nectar-rich flowers is a very important way to help counter the decline in pollinator populations. Most bees are attracted to flowers for their pollen as well as their nectar.



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