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“Bee” a Part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

The National Pollinator Garden Network Has Launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an unprecedented collaboration with dozens of conservation and gardening organizations. The Network is challenging the nation to reach the goal of one million additional pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.

Designed to accelerate growing efforts across America, the Network launched the challenge in support of President Barack Obama’s call to action to reverse the decline of pollinating insects, such as honey bees and native bees, as well as monarch butterflies. The White House garden includes a section dedicated to support pollinators.

Any individual can contribute by planting for pollinators!
 To tackle these challenges, the Network is rallying hundreds of thousands of gardeners, horticultural professionals, schools, and volunteers to help reach a million pollinator gardens over the next two years.

Every habitat of every size counts!
 From window boxes and garden plots to farm borders, golf courses, school gardens, corporate and university campuses. Everywhere we live, work, play and worship can, with small improvements, offer essential food and shelter for pollinators.

It’s easy to register your pollinator habitat here.

“National Garden Bureau supports gardens of all types, done by any type of gardener for any reason and gardening for the health of pollinators is a priority for NGB and our members,” said Diane Blazek, executive director of the National Garden Bureau. “We are thrilled to be part of the National Pollinator Garden Network and look forward to the day we reach one million pollinator gardens registered in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.”

Steps you can take to make your area more pollinator-friendly:

• Plant pollen or nectar rich plants
• Provide a water source.
• Situate your garden and/or plants in a sunny area with wind breaks.
• Establish continuous blooms throughout the growing season.
• Minimize the impact of pesticides in your garden.

Learn more at www.millionpollinatorgardens.org .