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The pollinator victory garden : win the war on pollinator decline with ecological gardening : how to attract and support bees, beetles, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators
ISBN:
9781631597503
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents:
Essentials of Pollinators and Pollination -- Providing Pollinators with a Place to Live -- Providing Pollinators with Food to Eat -- Parade of Pollinators: Meet the Pollinators -- Creating and Growing a Pollinator Victory Garden.
Summary:
The passion and urgency that inspired WWI and WWII Victory Gardens is needed today to meet another threat to our food supply and our environment-the steep decline of pollinators. The Pollinator Victory Garden offers practical solutions for winning the war against the demise of these beneficial animals. Pollinators are critical to our food supply and responsible for the pollination of the vast majority of all flowering plants on our planet.Pollinators include not just bees, butmany different types of animals, including insects and mammals. Beetles, bats, birds, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, and even some mosquito species, can be pollinators. But, many pollinators are in trouble, and the reality is that most of our landscapes have little to offer them. Our residential landscapes, and many commercial landscapes, are filled with vast green pollinator deserts, better known as lawns. These monotonous green expanses are ecological wastelands for bees and other pollinators. By planting a bit differently and by tweaking your landscape aesthetic, you can transition your landscape into a pollinator haven. By using proper cultural practices in your garden, choosing the right plant for the right location, and by attracting "nature's pest control" (beneficial insects that act as natural enemies), you can keep nature in balance and give pollinators a fighting chance. The time is right for a new gardening movement. Every yard, community garden, rooftop, porch, patio, and corporate landscape can help to win the war against pollinator decline with The Pollinator Victory Garden. --
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You can create a beautiful landscape that attracts and supports many different species of pollinators.


Author Notes

Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist and landscape designer specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She is the Founder of EcoBeneficial, a horticulture consulting and communications company in Westchester County, New York. Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and advanced education classes for Master Gardeners. An active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscaping topics, she also provides horticultural consulting and ecological design to commercial, municipal, and retail clients.In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA). Kim received the Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2014, 2015, and 2017.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
1 Essentials of Pollinators and Pollinationp. 8
2 Providing Pollinators with a Place to Livep. 24
3 Providing Pollinators with Food to Eatp. 42
4 Parade of Pollinators: Meet the Pollinatorsp. 90
5 Creating and Growing a Pollinator Victory Gardenp. 120
Appendixp. 146
Ten Tips for a Thriving Pollinator Victory Gardenp. 146
Pollinator Victory Garden Checklistp. 148
Plant Listsp. 150
Early-Blooming Native Trees and Shrubs for Beesp. 150
Native Flowering Plants for Native Pollinatorsp. 152
Native Flowering Plants for Honey Beesp. 153
Native Flowering Plants for Hummingbirdsp. 154
Recommended Booksp. 155
Indexp. 158
About the Authorp. 160