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?
Pollinator Garden Parties are conversational, informative, fun events that make it easy and appealing for more people to plant pollinator gardens at home (not unlike a Tupperware party, but no pressure to buy!). A host signs up using the form below and, once we have contacted you to set up a date, you invite friends and neighbors to attend.
We will send a team to share information, practical guidance, and tips, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will also introduce you to some fun citizen science tools. You
and your guests will leave knowing more about how and why to plant a pollinator garden.
Through our partnership with a local plant nursery, you and your guests can order reasonably priced, locally-sourced, pesticide free native plants for you own gardens (to be picked up at a later date). As a thank-you for hosting, if you get nine guests to attend your party, you will receive free plants for your pollinator garden!
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. Our hope is that party hosts will invite their neighbors to attend, helping concentrate pollinator gardens in one neighborhood at a time to provide more benefit to those pollinator populations.