May 8, 2017
How to Choose the Best Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens
The popularity of native plants is rising as gardeners become conscious of the need to plant more pollinator gardens. The challenge is to select the right plants to put in them.
May 13, 2017
How Ornamental Grasses and Sedges Can Play a Role in Pollinator Gardens
Grasses and sedges provide food, shelter, and support for pollinators and the birds and mammals that keep insect populations in balance.
May 3, 2017
Find Out What Bell Nursery Learned About Bees While Keeping Beehives
In spring 2014, Bell Nursery stopped using neonicotinoids to find out how it would impact production. Then the operation began keeping bees to learn more.
May 2, 2017
Pollinator Update: The Bumblebee on the Endangered List and What That Means to You
With plenty of attention being placed on pollinator health around the country and the world, here’s what you need to know.
March 23, 2017
Allan Armitage: Plant Consumers Don’t Talk About Varieties; They Talk About Solutions
Allan Armitage says it's time to get in touch with our true audience and market plant solutions, not plant products.
March 9, 2017
New Guide on Bee-Friendly Plants Available From Horticultural Research Institute
The guide is designed to help grower-retailers educate and motivate their customers to purchase and plant pollinator-friendly materials.
December 12, 2016
Pollinator Habitats Get The Spotlight In New, Multi-Million Dollar Investment
The five-year, $4 million commitment from Xerces Society, General Mills, and USDA will offer technical assistance to growers to plant and protect pollinator habitats.
October 15, 2016
Offer Your Customers Host Plants For Caterpillars And Butterflies
Just like bees need plants that provide pollen, butterflies rely on plants for a place to lay their eggs and to provide a food source for emerging caterpillars. Check out this list of plants for caterpillars and butterflies from Michigan State University Extension.
October 13, 2016
45 Pollinator Friendly Perennials Sure To Attract Bees
Pollinator friendly perennials are the foundation of a well-rounded pollinator garden. Check out this list of 45 perennials that are sure to attract bees.
September 28, 2016
Which Annuals And Perennials Are Good For Pollinators?
If you are a grower looking for information on producing plants that are safe for pollinators, or which plant types can be marketed as good food sources for bees, the new publication “Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes” provides a good resource.
September 7, 2016
Check Out The Best Annuals For Attracting Bees And Butterflies
Public interest in protecting bees and other pollinators has initiated a new market for flowers that are good food plants for pollinators. Here's a list of annuals Michigan State University Extension recommends that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
August 23, 2016
Studies Offer Conflicting Views On Neonic Effect On Bee Health
How much exposure to neonicotinoids do bees need before their health becomes affected? That’s the question two research teams look to answer.
August 12, 2016
IR-4 Project Receives Federal Funding For Pollinator And Downy Mildew Research
Grants from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative will fund IR-4 projects on protecting pollinators through ornamental horticulture, and downy mildew management strategies.
May 14, 2016
New Online Guide Offers Tips On Enhancing Pollinators In Urban Landscapes
The guide, produced by a team of researchers from Michigan State University and elsewhere, includes information on plants that attract pollinators and offer an ideal habitat.
April 26, 2016
“Bee-Friendly” Labels Matter To Plant Consumers, According To Study
Research at Michigan State University shows ornamental plant buyers understand and respond to bee-friendly production practices.