The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) was launched in 2015 by the National Pollinator Garden Network.  The organizations behind the network include the National Wildlife Federation, Pollinator Partnership, American Public Gardens Association, National Gardening Bureau, American-Hort, and the American Seed Trade Association.  Their collective efforts helped to bring awareness to the important role that pollinators play in our food supply and in the health of our environment.

In just three years, there is a little over a million gardens registered in order to help save pollinators.  Applewood Seed Company and several staff members registered their gardens.  Pollinator Garden “Hot Spots” include the desert southwest, The Smoky Mountain region, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Moving forward, the MGPC is encouraging people to continue registering their gardens here, and to expand garden habitat by planting at least 3 different pollinator-friendly plants that bloom in each season (spring, summer, and fall).  This will help insure a continuous supply of pollen and nectar throughout the growing season.  They are also inspiring people to join citizen science projects that help pollinators.

To find out more about Applewood’s pollinator friendly seeds and mixes, click here.

Flower Plantings Can Increase Yields of Pollination-Dependent Crops

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Agricultural land has been expanding and intensifying in many regions of the world to meet growing demands for food. This trend has resulted in reduced biodiversity and pollination services from honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators.  Research from the past decade underscores the value of pollinator diversity and abundance for crop pollination worldwide. Restored […]