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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:

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