AmericanHort and Other Founding Partners Launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
On June 3, the National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN), an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, conservation and gardening groups, launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. More on the challenge in a bit. The NPGN itself is big, exciting news.
In the fall of 2014, AmericanHort and seven other founding nonprofit members were convened to propose public/private sector efforts to help restore critical pollinator populations in support of the U.S. Federal Government’s strategy to “Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” Other founding organizations are the Pollinator Partnership, National Wildlife Federation, American Seed Trade Association, American Public Gardens Association, National Gardening Association, National Garden Bureau, and Home Garden Seed Association.
The focus of the NPGN is: to inspire individuals and community groups, institutions and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitat through sustainable gardening practices and habitat conservation and to provide these groups the tools to be successful. As of May 2015, a total of 25 organizations have signed on to be part of the National Pollinator Garden Network and collectively represent close to a million active gardeners.
AmericanHort and Founding Partners Launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
NPGN’s inaugural effort is to launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC), a campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators. The diverse groups behind the campaign understand and agree that pollinators including honey bees, bumblebees, other native bees, butterflies, and others face complex threats, and some pollinators, including the iconic migrant Monarch butterfly, have steeply declined. More nectar and pollen sources provided by flowering plants and trees will help improve their health and numbers. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will support the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.
The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge mobilizes America’s extensive gardening community, and supports them in making more native and non-invasive pollen and nectar producing plants available in their gardens of any size, from a window garden or patio box to a large-scale landscape. When a new garden has been established, or pollinator-supporting plants are added to an existing garden or landscape, the MPGC urges that the garden be registered on the SHARE Map site, hosted by the Pollinator Partnership.
Horticulture as we know it would not exist without pollinators. And their future is intertwined with ours! This is why AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute have committed to actions that support bee and pollinator health. As both experienced and new gardeners step up to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, they will need seeds, plants, and advice, and will often turn to known and trusted sources, our members.
For more information about the Horticultural Industry’s Bee & Pollinator Stewardhship Initiatve, click here.