After more than 25 years of trialing plants, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden knows which plants grow and look best in our region. By focusing that list to the plants that benefit pollinators the most, we have created the Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators Plant Series. We would also like to recommend some of our favorite plants that are great garden plants which may minimally support pollinators. We’re calling these Zoo’s Best Plants.
Working with local plant growers, we are introducing a Zoo-branded line of plants which gardeners can recognize as easy to grow, beautiful, and pollinator-friendly plants. These can be found at many independent local garden centers. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase will support further plant trialing at the Zoo.
Join us for this informational talk!
What are pollinators?
- Pollinators include butterflies, moths, honeybees, native bees, and many different types of flies, wasps, and
- Some pollinators sting, but most do not. Even among the bees and wasps that can sting, they are not interested
in stinging people when they are feeding. Stings almost always occur when people accidentally grab or
step on a bee or wasp, or are threatening a nest.
Make your yard a thriving oasis for pollinators!
- Include Zoo’s Best Pollinator plants in your garden to provide food and habitat!
- Limit use of pesticides. Only spray when necessary, seek expert advice, and follow
label instructions exactly when or if you do.
- Provide sources of water, such as a birdbath or a water feature.