Green Our Planet's Pollinator Garden Program
Nevada used to be a pollinator haven with native plants cascading across the desert. Now, many of those wild places have been paved over and pollinators, like the monarch butterfly, struggle to find enough food and face endangerment. That's why Green Our Planet started the pollinator garden program back in 2017. Since then, we've installed over 35 pollinator gardens at schools across southern Nevada (see map).
Our pollinator gardens have many native plants with flowers. The plants their flowers to attract pollinators like butterflies, flies, bees and hummingbirds. Most of these pollinators visit the plant to drink sugary nectar. While the pollinators drink, the plant’s pollen rubs off onto their bodies. Then, when a pollinator flies to another plant of the same species, the pollen falls off and fertilizes the flowers.
These creatures are accidental pollinators— they visited only for the nectar and ended up helping plants with reproduction. The pollinators help the plants and the plants help the pollinators.
What's in a Pollinator Garden?
Stan Shebs [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Did you know that...
- 75% of the world’s flowering plants and about 35% of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce?
- Many pollinators, like monarch butterflies and bee species, are decreasing in population due to pesticides and habitat loss?
- You can help these pollinators increase their numbers by planting native plants?
- Monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains spend the winter in California and monarchs east of the Rockies spend their winter in Mexico?
- Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants?