Community pollinator gardens collectively amount to a habitat corridor that connect bee friendly city's; Central Bellingham, South Fairhaven, North Ferndale.
Citizen's of the Bellingham region let's make a positive change in the way American towns treat the pollinators that live on our properties. With Bellingham's local beeagoodcitizen.com services offering affordable Beevanguardianship memberships are available for a small pollinator four season garden package.
Northwestern ingenuity provides an invaluable environmental habitat restoration service resource with maintained, mapped, PNW wildflower nectar producing plants installed for each season.
A large part of the solution to our conservation for pollinators locally is providing more habitat of the right native wildflower plants.
Creating a contiguous citizen pollinator gardens network city wide benefits the families of pollinators and people, it's win win.
Many people and business's in the Bellingham area already pay monthly for a lawn service, managed, manicured, weed free, well manicured lawns look great and we do need some green lawns in our town!
Unfortunately the ground in our city and rural areas of Bellingham are now constantly being saturated with pesticides and herbicides chemicals and due to this practice of lawn maintenance most of the beneficial pollinator plants on our green lawns like dandelions are inadvertently killed with herbicides, and as a result of our urban sprawling a catastrophic dearth of pollinator habitat has occurred in Bellingham, WA.
Pollinator gardens have a positive biological effect and the impact many small pollinator garden's creates a corridor of habitat that is essential. By taking a small portion of that green space you already control on your own property, the potential city wide is huge.
Just the simple act of converting an small area into a melange of flowers that are beneficial to all pollinating species which now rely on us for their survival and we also totally rely on them to eat!
Perennial and annual borders that comprise the colorful floral arrays in most city gardens are not necessarily pollinator friendly in many cases hybridizing for color and show reduces the nectar production. Many cultivars look great but offer zero food value for the pollinators.
The infamous showy butterfly bush, (buddleia davidii) for all it's grandeur and moniker it is not a major nectar food source for butterflies. Asters, clover, dandelions, and milkweed are far better nectar sources, it's the right types of wildflower plants that make ample nectar, are the essential building fibers to the matrix of a well designed four season pollinator corridor.