How to Create a Pollinator Garden For Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees, and More !
program by Pat Sutton
Pat Sutton, a working naturalist and wildlife habitat / conservation gardening educator and champion for over 30 years, will cover the basic “how to’s” for creating a pollinator-friendly garden and yard that will attract and benefit butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bees and more! The transformation can be quite simple: plant NATIVES instead of frou frou non-natives that might as well be plastic as far as wildlife is concerned. Plant Sweet Pepperbush instead of Crape Myrtle or plant Joe-pye-weed, Purple Coneflower, New England Aster, and Goldenrods rather than Impatiens and Hostas. Add a Milkweed patch and be amazed by all the creatures dependent on it, including Monarchs. Meet all the needs of hummingbirds and be dazzled by them in your gardens from late April through early October. The obvious, such as good nectar plants and their blooming periods, will be covered, along with the not so obvious, such as the caterpillar food plants butterflies and moths need for egg laying, “mud puddling,” and the importance of proper cover from wind and weather. The mystery of a butterfly’s life cycle and where and how butterflies and moths spend the winter will be explained. Where hummingbirds go in winter, why they leave us when our gardens are still in bloom, when to have your yard ready for them in spring upon their return, hummingbird feeder maintenance, and lots of other fun natural history facts will be shared. The program features eye-candy wildlife gardens in South Jersey that have successfully transformed ho-hum backyards into multi-dimensional gardens full of life.
Before this program, download, print, and read the NJ Audubon articles by Pat Sutton: “How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden,” and “Recommended Plantings to Attract Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Moths.”
NJ Audubon’s new website came on line April 16, 2018 and these materials are not yet available. Call them (908-204-8998) to learn how to access this 2-parted article and list of recommended plantings.
Warning: when you read the article and recommended plantings list, please cross out and DO NOT PLANT Butterfly Bush, a proven invasive native to China – providing nectar only – where our native perennials provide nectar AND are important caterpillar plants. Same is true for Rose of Sharon.