If everyone in Massachusetts plants at least one pollinator-friendly plant, we can cover the Commonwealth!
Pollinators can thrive in many different locations. They don’t care if a plant is in a state park, a highway divider, on a rooftop, in your backyard, or sitting on your front porch, as long as it has pollen.
Grow a single plant in a window box or in a container or on your front steps, porch, deck, or rooftop.
Plant a cluster of containers
Plant a pollinator garden
Visit our What to Plant page for information about native pollinator plants and more.
We could all use a hand from time to time. No one knows more about growing than the professionals.
MPGC is a nationwide movement to restore pollinator populations by preserving and creating pollinator habitats and resources.
Solitary bees build nests in bare soil for their young. When we mulch, these pollinators can’t reproduce.
By leaving garden and plant debris in your yard over the winter, you’re providing a safe home for pollinators. This is especially helpful for queen bumblebees that need a safe place to survive the elements.
Pollinators need water as well as food. If you aren’t able to put a birdbath in your yard, ask your landlord or neighbor to consider it
Bee houses provide a place for wild bees to raise their young. There are many designs and instructions online, but here’s one from the National Wildlife Federation.
Butterfly houses provide a safe place for butterflies to hibernate. There are many designs online, including this one.
It is impossible to avoid beneficial pollinators when we use pesticides, so it is best to use them sparingly. If you do need them, the Xerces Society has wonderful tips on proper use, like timing, not spraying flowers, and avoiding drift. You can also try beneficial predators or natural alternatives instead.
The fight to bring back our pollinators involves planting, research, legislation and more. Here are some organizations you can help support.