Attracting Native Pollinators–PERENNIAL BOOKWORM

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.  The Xerces Society, 2011Storey Publishing, 384 pages, 10 x 7″, $29.95 (paper).

This is a wonderful guide that I’d recommend to anyone.  It’s comprehensive and filled with the latest science on the benefits of pollinators, their biology, how to identify them and most importantly, how we can protect them.

Covering everything from wildlands to farms to golf courses, this book will be useful for home gardeners, landscape professionals and others wanting to promote and bolster pollinator populations.   The chapters on creating pollinator friendly landscapes are based on concrete science and provide stellar recommendations for plant palette and placement, but also habitat protection and creation.

If you have a vegetable garden, you’ll want to learn the techniques herein to insure a reliable population of pollinators for your crops regardless of the size of your plot.  Accompanying photos are wonderful and well captioned.  This book is highly recommended.

© Colleen Miko, 2012

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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