What is a Pollinator Garden?

Pollinator gardens are gardens which exclusively host nectar and pollen producing plants that bloom from early Spring into late Fall. Pollinator gardens do not make use of pesticides nor do they host hybrid flowers which often do not produce the pollen, nectar, or fragrance required to attract pollinators. Pollinator gardens also provide places for caterpillars to feast, cocoon, and ultimately become mature butterflies as well as a sanctuary for honeybees to safely gather the nectar necessary to produce honey and sustain their hives over the winter.

The pollinator garden at UMW is home to over 500 plants, made up of XX species including: XXXXX. These plants are vital to the survival and growth of not only our pollinators but to us as well. Without our pollinators, essential plants and crops such as trees and wheat could not survive leaving us suffocating and starved. If you would like to see a full list of the plants present at the pollinator garden click here!

How Pollinator Gardens Help Society

Society is defined as being an aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community. This aggregate cannot be sustained without the food and oxygen supported for us by the pollinators of the world. Additionally, the advancement of climate change also threatens the aggregate of society. The world’s ecosystems of plants serve as a great defense against this threat. Without these ecosystems, C02 would be entirely unimpeded in its journey up into the planet’s atmosphere where it ultimately causes a warming effect which advances climate change to even further levels beyond our control. At the root of these ecosystems are the pollinators of the world which clearly serve a vital role in slowing the process of climate change and supporting the ecosystems which provide us with food and breathable air allowing societies to live on and thrive.

When the planet experiences the warming effect of climate change, one of the outcomes is a reduction in the size and quantity of the planet’s polar ice caps as they melt in the heat. Over time, this mass melting leads to increases in the sea level which, as you would expect, can cause devastating flooding in areas situated at or below sea level. The effects of this rise in sea level can already be seen in places across the globe- as far away as Bangladesh, or as close to home as Norfolk, VA. While climate change seems to be a topic of heated political debate, if all people come together and decide that it is a problem, progress can be made to rectify it. This process will be aided through student contributions to the UMW pollinator garden.