Pollinator Garden Certification
What do pollinators do?
Pollination, the transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or of another flower, is vital to our food supply. Insects and other animals are a key element in facilitating this transfer. In fact, one of every three bites of food comes to us by pollinators!
Penn State Master Gardeners take action to help pollinators
Pollinators need our help. Both native bees and domestic bee populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, disease and contact with pesticides. Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are taking action to protect pollinators by planting pollinator friendly gardens and providing education for the gardening public. You can join this effort by providing food and habitat for native insects/animals. Pollinators will, in turn, provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. Certifying your property as “Pollinator Friendly” will help support a healthy ecosystem for our community and our future.
Certifying your Garden
Does your property already qualify? Fill out the application and send it with a non-refundable $10.00 application fee. If you qualify you will receive a certificate verifying that your landscape is pollinator friendly (see photo above). You will then be eligible for the Penn State Master Gardener Pollinator Friendly Garden sign for $30.00. Both the certificate and the sign show your commitment to conserve pollinator habitat. Your donation also helps support Penn State Master Gardeners continue their quest of educating the public about the importance of providing habitat for pollinators.
Not sure if you are ready to certify? Interested in learning more? Check out these websites:
- Conserving Pollinators: A Primer for Gardeners
- Pollinator Partnership, North America Pollinator Protection Campaign
- Native Pollinators (PDF), Natural Resources Conservation Service
- What is pollination?, U.S. Forest Service, Celebrating Wildflowers
- Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation
- Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania, Penn State University
- Snetsinger Butterfly Garden
- Monarch Watch
- Attracting pollinators to your yard Using Native Plants
Need help, information or have questions? Please email Connie Schmotzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you need to do to certify your garden?
Following these steps will assure a sustainable pollinator friendly garden: