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Native Plants and Pollinators

Native Plants & Pollinators Sources

North Carolina State University (NC State)

This website enhances the reader’s knowledge of native plants that grow well in North Carolina.  In addition, this website has pictures and other resources to help beginners plant native plants.
https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/landscaping-for-wildlife-with-native-plants

North Carolina Botanical Gardens
This website has countless ideas, resources, and help for the gardener seeking to establish a pollinator garden.  To find the information, click on the plants and gardening tab to find information on Native Plants.  http://ncbg.unc.edu/

North Carolina Arboretum
Created by NC Arboretum, this website has lists of spring and summer plants.  In addition, it has information on the arboretum seasonal pollinator gardens.  http://www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit/garden-exhibits/pollinator/

Native Plants Articles
(Can be downloaded)
Published in 2000 by the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, this article, Going Native, has pictures and information on milkweed. Included is a list of vendors that sell native plants.  http://ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/GoingNative.pdf

Published by North Carolina Botanical Gardens, this is list of Native Plants and Wildflowers that grow in North Carolina.   http://ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/NativePlantsWildflowersEtc.pdf

Pollinator Gardens

This wonderful pollinator garden is in Pittsboro in the Chatham Mills Complex.   https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorgarden/

Organizations

ECOIPM
Organization dedicated to research on Native and Honey Bees  http://ecoipm.org/native-pollinators+/

Xerces Society
This organization focuses on invertebrates, pollinators; this website is wealth of information.  https://xerces.org/

Journey North
Focuses on migration of pollinators, has pages for children’s activities. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

Monarch Watch
One of the best Monarch organizations.  Information on buying milkweed, becoming a certified monarch garden, ideas for education, outreach, and scholarships. http://www.monarchwatch.org/

North Carolina Native Plant Society
Their mission is to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina's native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy.  http://www.ncwildflower.org/ 

North American Butterfly Association
Dedicated to butterflies and gardening. http://butterflyassociation.org/

Audubon Society
Has a native plant database searchable by zip code. https://www.audubon.org/

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Registered your pollinator garden to help the million pollinator garden raise awareness and revive the health of pollinators.  http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/about/

Bee City USA
The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. http://www.beecityusa.org/

Government


North Carolina Wildlife Federation
This website, which host the Butterfly Highway, has a list of native plants cataloged by the different growing areas of North Carolina.

http://ncwf.org/programs/garden-for-wildlife/butterfly-highway/native-pollinator-plants/

United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service
Forest Service has a wonderful website that has information on pollinator plants and activities for children.  https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml

EPA
Learn about pesticides, neonicotinoid, biopesticides, pest management, and pesticide and product label system.  https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection

USDA: Insects & Pollinators
This is a great website that has information on how farmers and gardeners can help the at risk pollinators. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/