Planting Design for Pollinators: Choosing the Best Plants and Using Them Effectively

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We’ve seen the headlines. Bee communities, both wild and managed, are struggling. Habitat loss has been identified as one of the main factors attributing to their decline, making the restoration of pollinator habitat a nation-wide priority. Landscape architects have the opportunity to play an important role in bringing back our pollinators—choosing the best plants for pollinators and designing with them effectively. Scientist and Landscape Designer Annie White will share her experiences studying the fascinating ways in which plants and pollinators interact in designed landscapes. She’ll discuss the best types of plants for pollinators and tips for designing with them. Annie will also discuss her groundbreaking research on pollinator preferences for native plant species versus native cultivars.
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Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Become familiar with the fundamentals of how plants and pollinators interact in the landscape.
2. Understand some of the benefits and trade-offs of using native, near-native, native cultivar, and non-native plants in pollinator-friendly planting designs.
3. Understand basic approaches for designing landscapes that balance aesthetics with maximizing habitat for pollinators.
Annie S. White, PhD, Horticultural Researcher, University of Vermont and Owner, Nectar Landscape Design Studio
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