Why garden for pollinators?
- Nearly all ecosystems on earth depend on the pollination of flowering plants for survival.
- Human population growth threatens wild creatures and a variety of plant species by shrinking their habitat. As native plants disappear, so do the pollinators.
- Plants and pollinators have evolved together and depend on one another for survival. Placing native plants and other pollinator-supporting plants in the landscape helps support native pollinators.
- Pollination is vital to our food supply. Many food crops require pollination to produce fruit. If we were to lose pollinators, we would lose 80-90% of all plants and 1/3 of our crop species.
- Pollinators are an important food source for other animals, playing a key role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Hummingbird photos: Shakuntala Makhijani (@shakutiebirds on Instagram)