Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and 1/3 of human food crops. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, birds, and bats. Each of us depends on pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. In addition, pollinators are part of the intricate web that supports the biological diversity in natural ecosystems that helps sustain our quality of life. Abundant and healthy populations of pollinators can improve fruit set and quality, and increase fruit size. In farming situations, this increases production per acre. In the wild, biodiversity increases, and wildlife food sources increase.
However, there is one BIG problem for the pollinators who enable us to have food, beverages, fibers, spices, and even medicines. These creatures are in decline because of the constant use of pesticides and herbicides. If we can decrease the use of these harmful products and increase healthy habitats for the pollinators, they just may have a chance.
Using our gardens as havens for these animals would be a wonderful benefit for both humans and pollinators.
Beginning a butterfly gardening can be as simple as choosing flowering plants that will invite adult butterflies to your garden to feed. But if you want to create a butterfly garden that will act as a sanctuary, attracting a wide variety of butterflies while also providing a place where butterflies can grow and multiply, you will first need some simple planning. By considering which plants to grow and evaluating your garden site, you can plant a butterfly garden that will help with the creation of more butterflies.
We grow and offer many varieties of perennials (many of which are native plants and also deer resistant) that will offer butterflies and all other pollinators a safe place to live and help feed them as well.
Our staff will be glad to introduce you to these important and beautiful plants.