Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Plant a pollinator garden

Start your pollinator garden

  • Include flowers with attractive color patterns and aromas
  • Provide season-long sources of pollen and nectar
  • Aim for year-round flowers, including early and late season bloom to provide a food source
  • Include at least three species in bloom in spring, summer, and fall
  • Plant single species together to increase visibility to pollinators and increase foraging efficiency
  • Include a diversity of flower shapes to attract many different pollinators
  • Choose plants known to be friendly to pollinators/Use resources on native plants and pollinator plants/ Avoid invasive and poisonous plants to help protect your environment
  • Use locally native plants to support more abundant species-rich bee communities (trees, perennials, and annuals/ Buy seeds and/or plants from reputable sources
  • Use garden planting to connect fragmented habits
  • Create habitat close to crops and gardens
  • Focus on floral abundance and diversity
  • Include host plants for butterflies and moths
  • Invite beneficial insects to help manage pests/Learn to recognize good bugs and stages in metamorphosis
  • Limit pesticide use in the landscape/Be smart about pesticide decisions
  • Use an integrated approach against pests
  • Develop a tolerance for weeds to reduce herbicide use
  • Tolerate some plant damage
  • Include a source of water and protection from wind to promote garden diversity
  • Develop new nest habitat for bumble bees and other pollinators: ground¬† nests, tunnel nests, wood nesting habitat
  • Leave or create spaces where bugs can find shelter to overwinter and nest
  • Provide for specific needs of the pollinators you want to attract such as including puddles and rotting fruit for butterflies and hummingbird feeders
  • Certify/register you garden at S.H.A.R.E or other places sponsoring pollinator gardens.