Flowers for Pollinators

Honeybee02Check out this “Yard and Garden” link at the University of Minnesota Extension: Flowers for Pollinators — This site contains many links to information regrading Growing landscapes for bees and other pollinators.

Pollinators help plants grow fruit or seeds that bring us food and other resources. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators fertilize plants and allow them to make fruit or seeds. Bees are one of the most well-known pollinators, but there are a variety of other pollinators including ants, flies, beetles, birds and more!

Pollinator health is critical to our food system and the diversity of life across the world. Each of us can contribute to pollinator-friendly environments. We can plant flowers with pollen and nectar, create habitat and nesting sites, and eliminate the use of pesticides that are dangerous to pollinators.

Steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape:

  • Focus on a “healthy” environment, not a perfect landscape.
  • Choose plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators.
  • Plant a bee lawn. Replace lawn areas that are difficult to mow with shrubs and flowers.
  • Adopt best practices in landscape maintenance to improve plant health and eliminate the need for pesticides.

UniversityMNExtensionFor more details, please visit: University of Minnesota Extension: Flowers for Pollinators

 

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Free Pollinator Brochures

Pollinator Brochures from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Bee Lab, Monarch Lab and Master Gardener Program

Plant flowers to help the pollinators in your community: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzMrjm1OqK-cU2R1cXVNMmU4MWo0b1N0WXlHVEJYT3VsVko0/view

 

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Upcoming Events in Andover

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN/LANDSCAPE CONTEST: Enter by July 10th to see if you have the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! For more information about the contest, please select: 17gardenContest

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

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2017 Garden Tour Map

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact either:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at (763) 427-2470 or caseeman50@comcast.net

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at (763) 767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

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Upcoming events by the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

GardenTour_2017(APAP) kicking off third year with some more fun events

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project work group is in its third year and is proud to coordinate and endorse projects that benefit our pollinators. Below is a snapshot of some fun events and activities to occur this year. All the details for these and other events can be found on the city’s website: http://www.andovermn.gov “Your Government” “Natural Resources” “Andover Pollinator Awareness Project”.

ENVIRONMENTAL FUN FAIR: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, May 6th at Springbrook Nature Center: This free, fun event will showcase environmental educators, informational booths, interpretive trail walks, presentations and youth environmental projects. For more information about the fair, please select: Environmental Fair

PLANT SALE: 9:00 a.m.- noon on Saturday, June 3rd at Andover City Hall Parking Lot: Vendors will be on hand selling native plants, vegetable plants and herbs.

POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN/LANDSCAPE CONTEST: Enter by July 10th to see if you have the garden/landscape that pollinators love most! For more information about the contest, please select: 17gardenContest

GARDEN TOUR: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd (GardenTour_2017 map): Take a tour around the City and see various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources.

These events are just a few examples of APAP’s mission to improve our environment to benefit pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and all species of wildlife.

For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact either:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at (763) 427-2470 or caseeman50@comcast.net

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at (763) 767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

For more information about many of the 2017 activities, please select: City of Andover

 

 

 

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Rain Gardens – construction and planting

Are you considering building a rain garden? If so, take a look at projects created by members of the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project. These rain gardens are located in Andover, MN. The presentations not only show the steps for constructing a rain garden, but also provide thoughts and ideas for plants that grow in a rain garden environment.

To view these presentations, please visit: Projects by the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project.

Project #1

Seeman Garden Construction

Seeman Plants

Project #2

Phillips Garden Construction

Phillips Plants

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Andover Pollinator Party

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The APAP work group hosted a Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 21st from 6-9 pm at the YMCA Community Center and a Pollinator-friendly garden tour on Saturday, July 23rd from 9 am-3 pm. To view the slideshow, click on one of the images below:

 

 

 

 

 

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Andover Garden Tour Map – July 23, 2016

GARDEN TOUR: Take a tour around the City on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 3pm and see some various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources. This year will feature straw bale gardening, shade and native plantings, rain gardens, bee keeping and how to plant a prairie landscape.

These events are just a couple examples of APAP’s mission to improve our environment to benefit pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and all species of wildlife. For additional information about APAP and its activities, please contact:
• APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at 612-618-1958 or caseeman50@comcast.net or
• Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at 763-767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

2016 Garden Tour Map: GardenTour_2016update

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Pollinator Party and Garden Tour!

APALogoRightFaceAndover Pollinator Awareness Project (APAP) to host 2 fun events in July.

Are you interested in giving back to our natural resources? The APAP work group is hosting a Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 21st from 6-9 pm at the YMCA Community Center and a Pollinator-friendly garden tour on Saturday, July 23rd from 9 am-3 pm.

 

POLLINATOR PARTY: This fun event will showcase exhibitors, bee display, native plants will be available, fun activities for kids, experts to help you with pollinator-friendly landscaping, and refreshments.

GARDEN TOUR: Take a tour around Andover to see some various types of landscapes that are “pollinator-friendly” and are a great example of ways we can give back to our natural resources. This year will feature straw bale gardening, shade and native plantings, rain gardens, bee keeping and how to plant a prairie landscape.

These events are just a couple examples of APAP’s mission to improve our environment to benefit pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and all species of wildlife. For additional information about APAP and its activities, contact:

APAP Chairperson Cheryl Seeman at 612-618-1958 or caseeman50@comcast.net or

Andover Natural Resources Technician Kameron Kytonen at 763-767-5137 or k.kytonen@andovermn.gov

Like us on Facebook: Andover Pollinator Awareness Project

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Five videos from the Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Videos posted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate MN, with the generous support of the Food Building, The Lone Grazer Creamery, and Red Table Meat Company. Videos are from the People For Pollinators symposium held in West St. Paul on March 8, 2016.

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Amazing Bees – Wild In More Ways Than One,” was presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) who discusses native wild bee behavior and physiology. Xerces Society is a national leader in the conservation of pollinators and invertebrates.

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Pesticides – Can We Co-Exist?” was presented by Dr. Vera Krischik (University of Minnesota) and “Latest On Pesticides” was presented by Lex Horan (Pesticide Action Network).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Pollinator Habitat On Farms,” was presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) and Jim Riddle (Blue Fruit Farm).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Rethinking Urban Habitats,” was presented by Bob Engstrom (Robert Engstrom Companies & Urban Land Institute) and Jake Janski (Minnesota Native Landscape).

This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “America’s Flyway” was presented by Don Arnosti (Izaak Walton League). Fascinating details about how bird migration, habitat and ecosystems are intimately connected. Arnosti has nearly 30 years’ experience as a conservation advocate and organizer, working on bird, wildlife and habitat conservation.

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