Cart 0
 

POLLINATORS

 
beeconeflower.jpg

Friends With Benefits

We are currently enduring the sixth mass extinction, losing between 1-10% of biodiversity per decade, mostly as a result of habitat loss, exotic pest invasion, pollution, over-harvesting and disease.

Biodiversity losses don’t only affect natural ecosystems. Some of the services they provide are vital for human societies too, such as the presence of oxygen in the atmosphere, renewing of soils (from bacteria, worms, …) and pollination – the transfer of pollen from one flower to another. This act is critical to fruit and seed production, and is often provided by insects and other animals on the hunt for nectar, pollen or other floral rewards. It's not too late though! The friendship between pollinators and the plants that host them is a friendship with countless benefits to our world.

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at critical point in their own survival. Many reasons contribute to their recent decline. We know for certain, however, that more nectar and pollen sources provided by more flowering plants and trees will help improve their health and numbers. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.

 

pol.jpg

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

At Greenscape we believe that it is our duty as citizens of this planet to provide for all the various life forms that exist around us. We can start by planting for the birds & bees, and these little changes will go right on up the food chain.  We all rely on each other, and our yards are a powerful place to foster this habitat renewal. This is why we are proud to partner with the national Million Pollinator Garden Challenge by distributing pollinator friendly plants & encouraging everyone to register so we can see the amazing results!

 

 

Register Your Garden

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of pollinators across America. By registering your garden, you can help us start to track and analyze real statistics about the number of pollinator supportive gardens that have been planted at homes, schools, churches, and businesses so that we're better able to share success stories & address areas that need more assistance.

 

Pollinator Resources

Here are a few of our favorite local resources about pollinators. To see the PDF click the images below.

Pollinator Pantry

Here is a handy guide to create your own butterfly garden, from the St. Louis County Parks Dept. Look up each species of butterfly or moth and learn which host plant you'll need to foster them in your landscape.

Pollinator Buffet

Developed in association with the St. Louis Zoo & GrowNative, this tag program features the 11 best native plants for drawing in pollinators, with a sequence of nutritious blooms all season long. Each tag also highlights a native insect you might find on the plant and indicates the bloom time!

Monarch Cafe

The Monarch Cafe is another tag program developed with help from our community partners! Milkweed is a crucial plant for the Monarch lifecycle because it is the only species that the caterpillars eat. We carry 8 different varieties of milkweeds, and each one has a tag that illustrates the proccess of hosting a monarch from egg to butterfly!