Plant a Pollinator Garden! Kicks Off at Maine Flower Show
If you attend the Maine Flower Show this year, you will have a chance to pick up a FREE pollinator seed packet and take part in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. That’s because the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association (MELNA) was just awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture to provide seed packets for attendees of our inaugural Maine Flower Show. The seeds will be a mystery until you visit our website and unlock the code to find out which pollinator-friendly plants your packet contains, along with directions to grow and care for them. Each packet will also have instructions on how to register your planting as one of the gardens in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
The National Pollinator Garden Network tells us that:
Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at a critical point in their own survival. Many reasons contribute to their recent decline. We know for certain, however, that more nectar and pollen sources provided by more flowering plants and trees will help improve their health and numbers. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.
MELNA and Plant Something Maine are proud to support this effort to create pollinator-friendly gardens across the state of Maine, and very excited to launch our first Plant a Pollinator Garden! at this year’s Maine Flower Show. Tickets are now on sale, buy them here on Eventbrite. Special thanks to Gary Fish for the beautiful photos in this blog post. To find more of Gary’s photos, please visit his etsy shop.