Urban Meadow Project at Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Botanical Garden, a regional horticultural hub and national leader in visitor education, welcoming over 300,000 visitors per year, is developing a new pollinator-friendly garden over the winter of 2016/2017! This Urban Meadow project will replace approximately 13,000 square feet of turf with plants requiring less water and fewer chemicals, and aims to educate the gardening public about using native and nonnative plants to provide habitat for pollinating insects and other wildlife in an increasingly developed environment.

As part of this project, we’d like to know your experience with pollinator-friendly plants: Which plants attract the most pollinators? Which attract the most diversity? Which are best in winter/early spring/etc.? Which offer wildlife benefits beyond their flowers? Are there commonly-recommended pollinator plants that just don’t work?
Please send your recommendations and comments to Alex Wright at awright@bellevuewa.gov or Nancy Kartes at nkartes@bellevuewa.gov.
Information about which plants were chosen, as well as their use to pollinators, will be shared with visitors both through interpretive materials, as well as through interactive plant lists available to mobile devices while in the garden.
If you would like to help with planting and maintaining this new and exciting project, we are always looking for new volunteers! Please visit the “Volunteer” tab at www.bellevuebotanical.org and fill out the “New Volunteer Application” after January 1, 2017, or contact us for assistance.
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