How to Support Pollinators in Fall

By Hannah Dove As the hot summer winds cool and leaves turn crimson and tangerine, a peak period of nectar flow begins. Nectar flow refers to a stretch of time when one or more major nectar sources are blooming – in this instance, right before our hardworking bees and butterflies prepare to hibernate or migrate.…

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Plant Profile: Monarda Punctata

This article by Beth Stetenfield first appeared in the May/June 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener. Spotted beebalm is a guaranteed pollinator magnet. Add it to your garden or property and you will see pollinators—butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds and others. While it’s a biennial or short-lived perennial, it readily self-seeds and naturalizes when…

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What is a Bee Lawn?

Many gardeners are adding perennials, shrubs and trees that support pollinators to their landscapes. But, how about your lawn? We’re seeing more interest in “bee lawns,” including support from the state of Minnesota  to encourage lawns that are good for pollinators and the planet. What is a Bee Lawn? Most lawns in our climate consist…

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Pollinator Packs for Northern Gardeners

Since our 150th anniversary in 2016, MSHS has been promoting Pollinator Packs for gardeners interested in attracting bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The idea for the Pollinator Packs came from volunteer Mary Maguire Lerman, who thought they would be a great way to celebrate the anniversary and encourage more gardeners to care about pollinators.…

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For the Love of Affinis: MSHS and U Bee Squad Join Forces

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad and MSHS are joining forces to bring you a full day of programming centered on supporting endangered pollinators. The event will be held Saturday, June 23, at the Cargill Building on the St. Paul campus of the…

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Profile: Cook County Pollinator Garden

“Without funding to help with the infrastructure, the pollinator garden at Sawtooth Elementary School wouldn’t have been possible,” says Diane Booth, director of the Cook County Community Center and Extension. With the help of Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Arrowhead Electric Round-Up Grant Board and Cook County Extension grants, Cook County Master Gardeners built the…

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Review: New Bee Guide from Heather Holm

Minnesota author Heather Holm’s latest bee guide has the detail to satisfy even the most engaged citizen scientists and the scope to give beginning gardeners ideas for creating bee habitats. Bees: An Identification and Plant Forage Guide (Pollinator Press, 2017) is a follow up to Holm’s earlier book Pollinators of Native Plants (Pollinator Press, 2014)…

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100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Review

With so much interest in helping bees and other pollinators, many gardeners are asking: So, what do I plant? While declines in pollinator populations are due to a variety of factors, including monocropping, pesticide use, loss of habitat, climate change and disease spikes in certain pollinators, gardeners can be part of the solution to the…

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Growing Together: Kandiyohi County Master Gardeners

Kandiyohi County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners want to help gardeners take care of the environment, and their annual Fall Presentation Night addresses some big issues and solutions based on University of Minnesota research. The event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center…

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