Summer Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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Photos by Debbie Roos, Chatham County Cooperative Extension

In late 2008, I planted a demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills to provide forage from early spring to late fall for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. The garden features over 180 unique species of perennials, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. The garden is a great teaching tool that I use to conduct workshops and tours for hundreds of folks each year. It has taught me so much and I enjoy sharing this knowledge with others.

Below you can see photos of plants that were in bloom from June through late August. The pollinator garden averaged 60+ species in bloom in any given week throughout the summer!

I give free tours of the pollinator garden from spring-fall. The next tour will be Wednesday September 14 at 5:30 p.m. See the 2016 Pollinator Garden Tour Schedule here.

For more photos, see:

Fall in the Pollinator Garden – 2015

The Amazing Diversity of Critters in the Pollinator Garden – 2015

The Amazing Diversity of Critters in the Pollinator Garden – 2014

For more information:

Pollinator Paradise Garden website

Slide Show of Pollinator Garden: Take a Virtual Tour!

What’s in Bloom in the Pollinator Garden – updated bi-weekly!

List of Plants in the Pollinator Garden

Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants for North Carolina

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The honey bees were all over the red milkweed (Asclepias rubra) in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The honey bees were all over the red milkweed in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Two-spotted bumble bee (Bombus bimaculatus) on anise hyssop. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Two-spotted bumble bee on anise hyssop. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late June in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late June in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Red admiral on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Red admiral on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee landing on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee landing on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mating black thread-waisted wasps on mountain mint. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mating black thread-waisted wasps on mountain mint. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar on spicebush. The leaves emit a phytochemical that makes the caterpillars sensitive to sunlight so they often will spin a silk to fold the leaf over on top of them to shield themselves from the sun, coming out in the evening to feed. Photos by Debbie Roos.

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar on spicebush. The leaves emit a phytochemical that makes the caterpillars sensitive to sunlight so they often will spin a silk to fold the leaf over on top of them to shield themselves from the sun, coming out in the evening to feed. Photos by Debbie Roos.

Eastern tiger swallowtail on buttonbush. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eastern tiger swallowtail on buttonbush. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hummingbird moth feeding on swamp milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hummingbird moth feeding on swamp milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carpenter bee on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carpenter bee on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The two-spotted longhorned bee knows to visit the seashore mallow in the morning before the blooms close in the afternoon! Photo by Debbie Roos.

The two-spotted longhorned bee knows to visit the seashore mallow in the morning before the blooms close in the afternoon! Photo by Debbie Roos.

An American snout butterfly and an Ailanthus webworm moth forage side-by-side on Small's goldenrod. Photo by Debbie Roos.

An American snout butterfly and an Ailanthus webworm moth forage side-by-side on Small’s goldenrod. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Red-footed cannibalfly, also known as the bee panther, on seashore mallow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Red-footed cannibalfly, also known as the bee panther, on seashore mallow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail on ironweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail on ironweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The honey bees seem quite interested in spurred butterfly pea, a native vine planted as a groundcover. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The honey bees seem quite interested in spurred butterfly pea, a native vine planted as a groundcover. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pretty combo of obedient plant and yellow passionflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pretty combo of obedient plant and yellow passionflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Young Carolina anole on joe-pye weed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Young Carolina anole on joe-pye weed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Gorgeous black swallowtail. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Gorgeous black swallowtail. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiny parasitic Braconid wasp hanging out next to a black swallowtail caterpillar. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiny parasitic Braconid wasp hanging out next to a black swallowtail caterpillar. Photo by Debbie Roos.

This pretty gray hairstreak seems to like this combo of stemless ironweed and Small's goldenrod. Photo by Debbie Roos.

This pretty gray hairstreak seems to like this combo of stemless ironweed and Small’s goldenrod. Photo by Debbie Roos.