Stories from Gardeners

Lance Walheim
See video tips on planting forage to support pollinator health from Lance Walheim, Bayer Advanced lawn and garden expert. He advises on creating bee-attractant habitats and planting seeds and plants for pollinators.

While plants and flowers certainly beautify our outdoor spaces, an added benefit is that they can also help feed bees as they work to help pollinate much of the food that we eat. Many gardeners are anxious to help bees expand their forage areas as the Feed a Bee campaign’s success demonstrated. Gardeners can create a bee haven by planting flower-rich habitats. Bees return the favor by pollinating our flowers, which can help to provide a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables.

Gardeners who want to keep bees well fed with nectar and pollen from flowering plants choose foliage that is native to their region and blooms across different seasons. The Bayer Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, features pollinator favorites including astilbe, balloon flowers, salvia, black-eyed susans, coneflowers, butterfly bushes, red bud trees, hibiscus, althea and blueberries.

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