Pollinator Demonstration Garden at Headquarters

Image of the Klamath National Forest Headquarters pollinator gardenImage of the Klamath National Forest Headquarters pollinator garden

In Yreka, CA just off of Main Street, tucked behind the Klamath National Forest Headquarters' building is our pollinator garden. Growing in the four raised-bed containers are plants that attract and feed pollinators. Two kinds of milkweed are included for the monarch butterflies (showy milkweed and narrow leaf milkweed). Plants good for bees, insects, and other pollinators in the garden include blue flax, coyote mint, Penstemon, columbine, mules ear, spirea, California poppy, wooly sunflower, and sulphur buckwheat.

According to the Pollinator Partnership, between 75% and 95% of all the world's flowering plants need pollinators to produce seeds, fruits, and the next generation of their species.  This works out to one out of every three bites of the food that you eat has been grown with the help of a bird, bat, butterfly, moth, fly, beetle, wasp, small mammal, or a bee.  These small creatures are hard workers, essential to our survival and well-being.

Creating landscaping, gardens, and farms that support local pollinators is an important way for us to help reduce the decline in habitat.  A guide on how to plant for the pollinators in our local area is available for download at https://pollinator.org/guides

A beautiful guide from the Lolo National Forest in Montana has additional information on how to plant a garden for pollinators.  Download the .pdf file.

To learn more about pollinators, how plants pollinate, and why pollinators are important, visit https://pollinator.org/pollinators