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Be a hero for pollinators!

It's as easy as planting native plants 

Providing food and shelter helps pollinator populations and that's something to feel good about. 

Pollinator gardens are a key component to bringing butterflies, native bees, hummingbirds and all sorts of wonderful wildlife into your everyday life. When you plant nectar and host plants in your own yard, you are helping sustain populations of pollinators by feeding adults as well as providing food for larvae.

Reasons to plant your own pollinator garden.

Research shows that gardening is good for you and gardening with native and regionally appropriate plants is good for pollinators! Additionally, climate appropriate plants are good for your water bill as these plants require less water to thrive in our area. Providing for a variety of pollinator populations in our area also helps keep our regions agricultural pollination and production robust.  

Take advantage of some of the great resources below and get started on your own beautiful pollinator garden!

•DWA and CVWD: Lush & Efficient, Desert-Friendly Landscaping in the Coachella Valley

•DWA: pdf Pollinator Garden Handout  (pdf download)

Pollinator Partnership

•The Living Desert: Native Bee Garden, McDonald Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden

•Xerces Society: Pollinator Conservation Resources

•California Native Plant Society: Gardening for Butterflies


Our Pollinator Garden

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On March 10, 2018, the Palm Springs High School Sustainable Garden Club came to our DWA campus to help install a pollinator garden and paint a beautiful mural on the garden wall. The landscape plan was generously donated by TKD Associates, Incorporated.  While plants, supplies and seed were made possible by a wonderful group of businesses and organizations. ( Whitewater Rock and Supply Co., Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Lowe's, GLS Landscaping, Inc. and S&S Seeds) Stop by to see the garden and mural!

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These plants can be found in our pollinator garden:

Agave

Agave sp.

Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii

Brittlebush

Encelia farinosa

Beloperone

Justicia californica

Chihuahuan Sage

Leucophyllum laevigatum

Damianita

Chrysactinia mexicana

Desert Marigold

Baileya multiradiata

Golden Dewdrops

Duranta erecta

New Gold Lantana

Lantana x New Gold

Ocotillo

Fouquieria splendens

Rush Milkweed

Asclepias subulata

Sandpaper Verbena

Verbena rigida

Sierra Gold Dalea

Dalea capitata 'Sierra Gold'

Superb Beardtoungue

Penstemon superbus

Trailing Lantana

Lantana montevidensis

 

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