Category Archives: Pollinators

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) with Pollinators

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Have you seen any of these pollinators in your garden? Enjoy this great video from Mary Free featuring a variety of pollinators visiting Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot), at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden on … Continue reading

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Tongue under Chin

To end Pollinator Week we bring you a tongue-under-chin story. In this short video, a queen Bombus impatiens (common eastern bumble bee) rests on the petals of a hydrangea. Continue reading

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For the Birds, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

Creating Inviting Habitats – this Virginia Cooperative Extension publication examines the habitat requirements for butterflies and birds common to our local area. In fact, most of the plants and wildlife were photographed in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, Virginia. Creating Inviting Habitats is especially relevant during National Pollinator Week — June 18–24 — as well as in the 100th year of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Continue reading

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Pollinator Protection Vital to Urban Agriculture

2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit Pollinator Protection Poster

Sustainable landscape management helps improve soil productivity and conserves and protects water resources. Through use of native plants, it benefits our local habitat and wildlife, including pollinators. MGs created a poster for use at the 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit that focused on pollinator protection, which seems especially relevant for this Pollinator Week, celebrated from June 18–24. Continue reading

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Five Annuals for a Pollinator Garden

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds gravitate to gardens that bloom throughout the growing season and that contain an abundance of the same plant species as well as a diversity of species of like colors arranged together. Annuals, with their extended bloom period, ensure a continual nectar source for pollinators when perennials have yet to flower or are in decline. Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Annuals

Unlike perennials, which live for more than two years, annual plants sprout, bloom, produce seeds, and die in a single growing season. If the garden was a stage, perennials would be the leads and annuals would be supporting performers. Continue reading

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