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Coastkeeper Garden: A Safe Haven for Pollinators

By November 29, 2018Blog

Tecoma Stans – This beautiful orange plant is a magnet for hummingbirds! Year-round color provides essential nectar for these busy creatures.

Did you know the Coastkeeper Garden is a designated safe haven for hundreds of birds, butterflies, bees, moths, bats and other pollinator species in our Orange County community?

These species are critical because they pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we need for a healthy diet. However, many of these important species are at risk due to habitat damage from excessive pesticide use and an ever-expanding conversion of landscape. 

As a designated pollinator habitat, the Coastkeeper Garden is working to create an Orange County where all pollinators have a home and access to essential food sources.

Coastkeeper recently received a grant from the Bayer Feed a Bee program – a nation-wide effort to ensure bees and other pollinators are well-fed. The program supports more than 140 organizations across the country (including Coastkeeper) to plant pollinator-attracting plants and establish additional forage.

Here are a few of our favorite pollinators and water-wise plants you can find at your next visit to the Garden.

California Poppy– This California Native Poppy is only grown from seed, which you can scatter throughout your garden in early winter. 

Western Redbud – Western redbud is one of the most popular native plants for California gardens. It naturally grows as a multi-branched shrub that can mature after many years into a small canopy tree. 

Desert Milkweed – Desert milkweed attracts monarch butterflies along with many other pollinators. 

We need your help to protect these beautiful creatures.

A donation of $10 will allow us to provide additional forage for these amazing creatures. With your help, we’ll be able to grow sustainable homes for these hundreds of native California species.

Click here to learn how you can use your green thumb for good.

Want to learn more about why pollinator plants are important to our community? Check out this article from the New York Times.