Free pollinator plants for kids

When you think of bees and butterflies it’s easy to think of millions of insects, but you probably don’t think of millions of plants.

Robin’s Nest in Boonville hopes to help change that fact by joining the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to help accelerate the number of pollinator habitats across America to help reverse the decline of polinating insects. Amy Kaiser of Robin’s Nest said there are a lot of groups who are concerned with the depletion of pollinator insects but it’s important to take action rather than trying to point the finger at a cause.

“There’s a lot of speculation and people asking whose fault it is,” she said. “Instead of pointing the finger and complaining we should be asking, ‘What can we do to help?’”

Kaiser said people can do that by planting pollinator gardens or even putting seasonal pollinator pots in their yards. She said these insects make their way across the continent by fluttering from plant to plant. If those plants are not around, those insects would be unable to complete the yearly migrations that help them survive.

“A lot of pollen from these insects comes from home gardens, wild fields and protected property,” she said.

The National Pollinator Garden Network issued the challenge in the hopes of encouraging people across the country to help save the butterflies and bees by planting in their own gardens.

“This isn’t something I can do on my own,” Kaiser said. “But if we all do a little bit we can make a big impact.”

Next week will kick off National Pollinator Week and Robin’s Nest plans on using the week to educate about pollinators and encourage people to help by planting pollinator plants. On Saturday, June 25, Robin’s Nest will offer children a free small pollinator pot for children and will have pollinator pots on display while offering information for those interested throughout the week.

Kaiser said it is important to get the message of pollinators to young children in the hope that they will take the information into adulthood.

“If they get involved and enjoy it, they will keep doing it,” she said.

Kaiser hopes focusing on Pollinator Week and providing information for gardeners will help people get interested so they can pass on the information. She said it’s important to get as many people involved as possible.

“It’s not just beauty, but a necessity in our community,” she said. “It just takes everybody doing a little bit and we can make a big difference.”

For more information on Robin’s Nest or pollinator plants visit robinsnestflowers.com.

Wyatt Squires is a staff writer for The Standard. Before coming to Warrick, Wyatt has worked as a reporter in Jackson, Greene and Knox counties in Indiana.

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