The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) has been launched by the National Pollinator Garden Network, an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, conservation and gardening groups to support the President’s Executive Strategy to “Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” MPGC is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators across America. The goal is to move millions of individuals, kids, and families outdoors and help them make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.
MPGC wants people like you to register your gardens through their Pollinator Partnership and thus be added to the map they’ve created in support of this campaign. Along with a handful of other gardens on Long Island, the Children’s Garden, which is maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers at Suffolk County Farm, has been registered and is on the map, which appears in the link below.
To meet the criteria for registering, your pollinator garden should:
- Use plants that provide nectar and pollen sources
- Provide a water source
- Be situated in a sunny area with wind breaks
- Create large “pollinator targets” of native or non-native plants
- Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
- Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides
For more information and to join MPGC, visit http://millionpollinatorgardens.org
Robin Simmen is Community Horticulture Specialist for CCE Suffolk. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 631-727-7850 x215.