Highlights at the Center

Dyken Pond Center’s Pollinator Garden is open for visitors whether you have two legs (humans), six (insects) or eight (arachnids)! Our garden was designed to keep out four legged visitors by using deer resistant varieties of plants. Pollinator gardens are gardens that are planned to provide pollinators with food and habitat. The choices you make in designing and caring for your landscape can affect overall pollinator abundance and species diversity. There are many types of pollinators from birds and bees to butterflies and beetles all of which play important roles in our ecosystem. Our garden was designed to support all pollinators in part by including flowering varieties of mint which have small flowers that last most of the season and are beneficial to many insects. Larger flowers like Butterfly weed attract larger pollinators like butterflies and can make the garden more fun to visit for humans. Other species of plants are planned to bloom throughout the season filling in the gaps giving pollinators a season long food supply. Don’t let the bigger and flashier plants and insects capture all of your attention when you visit though. Rather try to see what all of the pollinators are doing and how their activity changes over time. Remember, good things often come in small packages. To find out more about pollinator gardens including how to make your own check out these links:

 

How to build a Pollinator Garden

https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/PollinatorGarden.html

 

Planting Pollinator Friendly Gardens

https://extension.psu.edu/planting-pollinator-friendly-gardens

 

Native Plant Finder

https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/