Around the world, pollinator populations are declining, and middle Tennessee’s 400 native bee species and other pollinators are no exception. Fragmented habitats, a result of both industrial agriculture and urbanization, make it difficult for native pollinators to find the food sources and host plants they need (White House).
When managed well, however, cities can provide pollinators with a place to thrive (National Research Council). The goal of the Nashville Pollinator Workshop is to support local pollinators with the food and habitat they need, improve scientific knowledge of pollinator populations and trends in the Nashville area, and give Nashville residents an opportunity to practice Conservation@Home.
We will also invite participants to become citizen scientists by noticing and reporting the insects that arrive in their gardens over time.
How does it work?
Working in one neighborhood each planting season, we will host a pollinator garden workshop for residents. The workshop includes an educational session, a garden tour, garden design templates, and a selection of locally grown, pesticide-free native plants provided at a reasonable cost.
The educational session will focus on the needs of native pollinators and their importance in our ecosystem, and it will also cover how planting pollinator gardens composed of nectar-dense native plants in urban and suburban landscapes can help pollinators thrive.
The fragmentation of green space in cities like Nashville makes it difficult for pollinators to find the food and shelter they need. In an article for The Atlantic, Utah State University professor Joseph Wilson said that one problem some species of wild pollinators face is the inability to fly more than a few hundred feet before needing to rest. By concentrating pollinator gardens in one neighborhood at a time, we can provide more benefit to those pollinator populations.
Spring 2017 Focus: Crieve Hall area
Future workshops will be announced here, in our email newsletter, and on social media. If you are interested in a workshop for your neighborhood, faith community, church, or other group, please fill out this form.