Pollinator Garden

 bee on flowerEarly on we considered installing hives for honeybees to demonstrate beekeeping. After consulting with local wildlife experts, we chose instead to establish a high-elevation pollinator garden made up of native wildflowers and grasses.
 
Instead of a hive of non-native honeybees competing with native pollinators, we provide a garden that will support them. One particular goal is to support solitary bees, whose populations are in decline. These bees do not live in colonies like honeybees. Instead, they live in holes in trees, branches, and the ground.
 
Our garden contains patches of bare ground and large branches scattered around the meadow to provide habitat for our loner bee friends!
 
Our native forbs include: mountain goldenbanner (Thermospsis montana) for early summer bloom, fairy trumpet, or scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) for late summer and early fall bloom, and Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) for early fall bloom.

 Golden BannerGolden Banner

(Thermospsis montana)

 Scarlet giliaScarlet gilia

(Ipomopsis aggregata)

 Fire weedFire weed

(Chamerion auguistifolium)

 
 

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