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Watch Our Gardens Grow!
Gardening for pollinators is fun and easy!

In May 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) planted two new pollinator gardens to serve as models for others interested in creating their own pollinator gardens at home, work, or school.

View our Gardens:

National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, Massachusetts.

We’ll update these webpages monthly during the growing season.

A few things to keep in mind when planting your own garden:

  • Use plants native to your area. Native plants have many benefits for you and the environment. Native plants generally require less watering and fertilizing than non-natives because they are adapted to local soils and climate conditions. Native plants are often more resistant to non-beneficial insects and disease as well. Wildlife evolved with plants; therefore, they use native plant communities for food, cover and rearing young. Using native plants helps preserve the balance and beauty of natural ecosystems.

  • Select a variety of flower forms (tubular, wide open), colors and height, to attract the widest variety of pollinators.

  • Select plants that will flower at different times of the year to provide a continuous sources of nectar.

  • Group individual plants of the same species together. This can make collecting nectar more efficient for the pollinator, and increase the likelihood that a pollen grain will be transferred to another plant of the same species (pollination). It also will look more attractive.

More About Planting Your Own Pollinator Garden

Collage of Pollinators

Last Updated: March 19, 2018