The bees are enjoying the perennials at Frazee Gardens during National Pollinator Week!
Earlier this year, the announcement that the North American bumble bee had been added to the endangered species list was a wake-up call for many Americans. Bees and other pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem. So, in honor of National Pollinator Week (June 19 – 25, 2017), we’d like to share a few fun facts about pollinators:
- Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants in which pollen is moved within a flower, or carried from one flower to another of the same species, which leads to fertilization. This process is necessary to ensure healthy and productive plants within a native ecosystem.
- Most pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and bees.
- About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
- In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products each year.
- Frazee Gardens carries many native pollinators that you can plant and grow right here in central Indiana to help make a positive impact on pollinator health and habitats. Stop in and ask our expert staff about some of our perennials that are great for pollinators.