Bees–and all pollinators–need nectar and pollen to survive and thrive.  In this state, honey production is down dramatically from 20 years ago due to an increase in “edge to edge” planting on farm acreage and an increase in urban and suburban development.  In urban areas, flowering plants and trees are replaced with manmade materials and in suburbia–lawns replace gardens.

As we enter into another drought year, consider planting pots of pollinator friendly plants on your patio or deck.  Consider replacing some–or better yet, ALL–of your lawn with plantings for pollinators.

Here are some suggestions for plants that will attract these necessary species to your garden and simultaneously reduce your overall water usage.

Why Plant for Pollinators?

The folks at Safer Pest Control Project are at it again!  They have just released a really nice publication called “A Guide to Growing a Climate Friendly Lawn and Garden”.  They are based in Chicago–which is obviously a far different climate than Colorado–but the principles remain the same.

How to build a pollinator garden

Your Urban Garden is better with bees

Establishing Pollinator Meadows from seed

Lawn for Pollinators–grass companions

Seeds:

Applewood Seed Company

BBB Seed Company

Granite Seed Company

The How To’s of Colorado Pollinator Friendly Seed Mixes

Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

Plants for Pollinators:

CSBA’s “Save the Pollinators” brochure–A 3 season plant guide for pollen and nectar in CO

Plant Select’s Plants for Pollinators

Goddard Space Center’s HoneyBee Net–List of Honey Bee Forage Species in Region 2 CO

Gardening and Farming for Pollinators by OSU Bee Lab (List of Publications)

Top 10 Herbaceous Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening

Top 10 Woody Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening

Harlequin’s Gardens Plant for the bees!

Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond

JeffCo Plant List

CSU’s Whitney Cranshaw’s “Gardening for Insects–or Not!” Flowering Plants and Bees

List of Plants Bees Like

Colorado Native Plants Society

CO Native Plant Society Front Range Plant List

NRCS CO PLant List

Colorado Women Who Bee’s Plant List from Mo Nevergold of Dandelion Design

Beyond Pesticide’s “Bee Protective Habitat

 Bee Friendly Plants for your Garden and Farm

Top honeybee Plants

Plant List from Tracy Belleheumer

Pollinator.org Planting Guides:

For the Colorado Plateau Semi-Desert Province

For Intermountain Semi-Desert and Desert Province

For Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe Open Woodland, Coniferous Forest, Alpine Meadow Province

Reduce Turf:

Do More with Less Lawn

Lawn Gone!–A book by landscape designer Pam Penick

Miscellaneous:

Steve Colbert Interviewing Mark Moffett from National Geographic on Comedy Central

National Geographic’s “Buzz on Pollination”

TED Talks on Pollination

Pollinator Week: June 16-22, 2014

 

 

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6:00 pm Bee Photography Event @ Visions West Contemporary
Bee Photography Event @ Visions West Contemporary
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“POLLINATION” Opening reception March 6th, 2015 6pm March 6th-April 9th   Fifty-five thousand miles flown per one pound of honey. Queens, workers and drones. Colorado farmer and photographer, John Hamilton, gets in the mind of[...]
Mar
7
Sat
8:00 am Pikes Peak Beekeepers Associatio... @ Mountain Song Community School
Pikes Peak Beekeepers Associatio... @ Mountain Song Community School
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – Mar 8 @ 4:30 pm
This day and a half comprehensive course covers all aspects of beekeeping in the Pikes Peak region. You will learn how to acquire bees and the necessary equipment to keep them. We will demonstrate equipment[...]
9:00 am Class I: Introduction to Top Bar... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class I: Introduction to Top Bar... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and[...]
9:00 am Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October. Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder,[...]
10:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. Classes At Wardle Feed Saturday Mornings[...]
Mar
10
Tue
6:00 pm Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this class the first rule with any swarm is safety. How locate and identify wild hives in your area. Different methods for capturing swarms and why. Swarm traps and more. $35 per couple Classes[...]
Mar
11
Wed
1:00 pm CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Good morning beekeepers! This is a reminder that Women Who Bee will continue meeting with Mile Hive Bee Club until the warmer months when we will add a few field trips. Mile Hive Bee Club[...]
6:00 pm Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. $35 per couple Classes At the[...]
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Among the topics that will be discussed: 1) Lottery will be conducted for the 12 grant hives. Limit 1 per family 2) Cindy from the USDA will be distributing the seeds purchased from the grant[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello Mile Hivers, Don’t forget our next meeting is this Wednesday 2/11/15 at 7 PM. We will meet at the Mercury Café which is located at 2199 California St Denver, CO 80205. Regards John

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