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Black-tailed bumble bee (Bombus melanopygus) on Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron phladelphicus). Photo: Megan O'Donald

Gardens planted with pollen and nectar rich plants create critical habitat connections for pollinators within an increasingly fragmented environment. Even the smallest plot,container garden, or rooftop planting, can help support native pollinators. If your garden is close to larger private gardens with native plants, organic community gardens, nature reserves, rural parks with native plant populations, or greenways with native trees and shrubs, its effectiveness will extend beyond your property.

The West Coast has several climate zones with distinct native plant populations that host specific native pollinating insects. Know your climate zone and plant to provide resources for local pollinators. For localized expertise and advice, search out skilled gardeners in your area who plant with a pollinator focus.

[sidebar]The following garden guides provide an important introduction and continuing reference.

California Native Plant Society: www.cnps.org
Native Plant Society of Oregon www....

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