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.

Using Open-Pollinated Flower Seeds for Pollinator Conservation

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Yellow Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus aureus)

Here at Applewood Seed Company we specialize in small to largescale production of open-pollinated flower seeds, which include wildflowers, heirloom garden flowers and newer flower varieties. Most of these flowers need insect pollinators for successful seed production. We are a strong advocate of pollinator conservation and are actively involved in research, education, and policy-making for pollinator issues. Here […]