If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know! 
Or, if you'd be interested in learning about or helping with a future reclamation project for bees, please add your name!

Dressing as a bee isn't in my list of accomplishments, but it was the most fun! Here I am with my favorite butterfly and co-bee-conspirator, Ann

when I declared 2019 my Pollinator Year, I had  no idea where to start. And it always felt like I wasn't doing much, but it adds up! Maybe this list will give you some ideas for your own garden, education, or outreach. 

2019 accomplishments

  • created an instagram account so I could follow people working with bees and native plants

  • volunteered at the Metro Native Plant center to learn about native plants and methods for raising and propagating them

  • Participated in a local Pollinator Week program  in Wilsonville

  • set up booths at local farmer's markets to share information about gardening for bees

  • sponsored a kid's contest where they had to find and support bees. Prize was a bee house, thanks to Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District.

  • brought a Bee speaker & initiated a native plant exchange at my neighborhood's town meeting 

  • volunteered at a fabulous Master Gardener's food bank garden to learn more gardening tips

  • read - a LOT of books and scoured the internet for information and research on bees, flowers, pollinator habitat issues, garden planning, success stories and more. 

  • went to Soil School. It all starts and ends with the soil!

  • read university research on what flowers are popular with bees and planted them.

  • constructed a deer fence (necessary) so I could double the area I have for growing flowers

  • planned and planted a 2000 square foot experimental garden at a local farm to learn more about what thrives in this area

  • participated in the Oregon Bee project, which included catching and identifying bees

  • learned how to identify some bumblebees - and even learned their scientific names!

  • learned some scientific names for flowers, too!

  • went to a dozen presentations by local bee experts

  • hung a mason bee house to observe IRT the life cycle of this bee

  • let bees walk on me without fear

  • harvested the cocoons - and mine were totally gorgeous!

  • gathered seed and distributed in the fall 100 packets to other gardeners

Plant4Pollinators was started in 2019 by Carol Yamada as a citizen response to how climate change is impacting wildlife, in particular bees, butterflies and birds.

Our purpose is to help gardeners understand more about the lifecycle of their bees and how much impact their choices of plants and garden maintenance practices have on their resident pollinators through education and community events.


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I'm documenting the changes I''m making to my garden in 2019 to make it more pollinator friendly.  Follow my progress and learn from my sometimes epic successes, and fails! Daily Tips!

© 2019 Carol Yamada

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