Pollinator Garden & Monarch Waystation
The final frontier of developing the Natural History Institute’s facilities lies on the bare mulched ground just outside the doors of our gallery and lab. Early in 2015, we began actualizing our long-time vision to create a pollinator garden and Monarch Waystation in this area, to serve as a nearby space for spontaneous natural history experiences, ongoing citizen science projects, and for facilitated workshops about plants, insects, animals, and the relationships between them. Additionally, our pollinator garden will create valuable habitat for an imperiled group of insects that in turn keep native plant communities healthy and bring our food plants to bear fruit.
In March and April 2015, we installed our experimental "bee mound" to provide habitat for ground-nesting bees, as are most native bees; as well as sowed seeds of six species of native wildflowers.
This project was made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Prescott College Sustainability Council, and by donors to our 2014 "Second Spring" fundraising campaign.
Resources for Central Arizona Pollinator Gardens
Plant List and Bloom Times With Seed Vendors
This Google spreadsheet has two tabs, one with a list of plants native to Yavapai Co. that are beneficial to pollinators, along with their bloom times; and a second listing plant vendors. Please submit edits, bloom time corrections, and vendor updates to NaturalHistory@prescott.edu.
Online Resources for Building Pollinator Gardens
Descriptions-of, and links-to resources for the Yavapai County gardner wishing to create pollinator habitat.
The science behind creating and conserving pollinator habitat. Presented by Lisa Zander at the Natural History Institute on March 19, 2015.
Make Way for Monarchs
Gary Paul Nabhan presents, "Make Way for Monarchs," in the Natural History Institute gallery on March 5, 2014. YouTube video by Allison Jack.