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Green Bay Botanical Garden’s horticulture team shares noteworthy topics to keep you on-trend.

Plant Your Own Salsa Garden

Salsa Garden Project Planner

How to Dry Flowers for Your Natural Tree

Flower Drying Tips & Tricks
Flowers for Cutting & Drying

National Pollinator Week Tips & Tricks

Check out these infographics for quick tips on pollinators!

“Bee” Informed About Pollinators
Tips for a Good Pollinator Garden
Pollinator Profile: Bees
Pollinator Profile: Butterflies
Pollinator Profile: Hummingbirds

Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden

Help save the pollinators by planting your own Pollinator Garden! Many pollinator species are facing declines in population due to habitat loss and excessive pesticide use. We rely on many of these pollinators for the food we eat, so let’s return the favor and help them out with the food they eat.

Who are the pollinators? 
Bees and butterflies may be the most well known pollinators, but don’t forget about moths, flies, beetles, bats and birds, too.

What plants do pollinators prefer?
Perennial flowers such as:
Agastache foeniculum, anise hyssop
Asclepias syriaca, common milkweed
Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower
Liatris pycnostachya, prairie blazing star
Monarda fistulosa, wild bergamont
Rudbekia hirta, black-eyed susan
Solidago speciosa, showy goldenrod

Annual flowers such as:
Lantana camara, lantana
Nicotiana spp., flowering tobacco
Tithonia rotundifolia, Mexican sunflower
Zinnia spp., zinnia

Trees and shrubs such as:
Amelanchier arborea, downy serviceberry
Hamamelis virginiana, American witch-hazel
Sambucus canadensis, American elderberry

What makes a good Pollinator Garden?
• Use plants that provide nectar and pollen sources
• Provide a water source
• Be situated in sunny areas with wind breaks
• Create large masses of native or non-invasive plants
• Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
• Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides

Although it’s not necessary to have every plant on the list, by planting a diversity of nectar sources you will help attract a diversity of pollinators.

Featured Pollinator Plant

Common Milkweed
Botanical Name: Asclepias syriaca Life Cycle: Perennial
Common Name: Common Milkweed Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: June to August Size: 2-3’ tall, 1’ wide

What makes it a good pollinator plant?
The flowers of common milkweed are a nectar source for butterflies, while the foliage serves as a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). It also attracts bees and hummingbirds. This native perennial grows easily in average to poor soils and is drought tolerant. It is also great for prairies, native plant gardens and meadows or naturalized areas. Common milkweed self-seeds and spreads by rhizomes, so it is sometimes considered too vigorous by many gardeners.

Try these species for more compact growth: Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed), Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

The Garden is part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, and we want you to join us! This is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes for our pollinators. Once you create your pollinator paradise BEE sure to join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge by adding your garden to the map. Then BEE sure to visit the Pollinator Garden this summer in the Herb Garden!

Bee Informed about Bees

Visit the Brown County Bee Keepers Association to:

  • Learn how to get started in beekeeping.
  • Keep in touch with the latest developments in the honey industry.
  • Meet fellow beekeepers and share your knowledge and experiences with them.
  • Help promote beekeeping and the honey industry.
  • Educate the public about honey bees and honey.

Specialty Garden Ideas

You’ll find each of these at Green Bay Botanical Garden if you’d like to take a look to see if it’s the right fit for your garden.

Culinary Herbs
Drinkable Herbs
Fairy Garden
Medicinal Herbs
Pollinator Plants
Spa Herbs
Up & Coming Herbs

Gardening Tips

Check out these great videos to learn more about gardening at home.

Watering Tips

Tips on Planting Bulbs

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Plant Your Own Lasagna Garden

Resources

Garden Clubs in the Greater Green Bay area

Nurture your green thumb by connecting with these garden clubs in northeast Wisconsin.

B.A.D. Buds (Bay Area Daylily Buds)
Brown County Beekeepers Association
Garden Club De Peres
Gardeners Club of Green Bay
Lady Bug Garden Club
Master Gardener Volunteers of Manitowoc County
NEW Orchid Society
NEW Rose Society
NEW Unit of Herb Society of America
Northern Gardeners of Wisconsin
Wild Ones® Natural Landscapers, Ltd.

General Horticulture Information

All-American Selections (AAS)
American Public Garden Association
Ball Horticulture
Better Homes & Gardens Magazine
Cut Flower, Orchid, and Indoor Flower Care
Fine Gardening Magazine
Garden Plants
Garden for Wildlife (National Wildlife Federation)
Gardenvisit.com – The Garden and Landscape Guide
Melinda Myers
The Bruce Company – Plant Encyclopedia
The Wisconsin Gardener on Wisconsin Public Television
USDA Plant Database
UWEX – Wisconsin Native Plant Sources
UW – Extension Horticultural Publications
UW – Plant Disease and Diagnostic Clinic
UW – Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory
UW – Urban Horticulture
Weed Science Society of America
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Seeds, Plants & Supplies

These sources are intended for informational purposes only. Please be aware you may not be able to purchase seeds from all these sources, as some are Wholesale only. However, many will provide information as to where you can purchase seed from local sources. 

Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Harris Seeds
PanAmerican Seed
Pinetree Garden Seeds
Renee’s Garden
Richters
Seed Savers Exchange
Select Seeds

Plant Sources

These sources are intended for informational purposes only. Please be aware you may not be able to purchase plants from all these sources, as some are Wholesale only. However, many will provide information as to where you can purchase plants from a local source.

Ball FloraPlant
Beaver Creek
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs
Colorblends
Johnson’s Nursery
Klehm’s Song Sparrow
Mayflower Greenhouse
Rush Creek Growers
Schroeder’s Flowers
Schroeder’s Fox Valley Greenhouse
W&E Radtke Perennial Nursery

Horticultural Supplies

Carlin Horticultural Supplies(wholesale only)
Growers Supply
The Pond Guy