Spring Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

— Written By

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 210 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 March-June. The pollinator garden averaged 52 species in bloom in any given week throughout the spring!

For more photos, see:

Summer Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2017

Spring Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2017

Summer Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2016

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

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

Mockingbird snacking on possumhaw berries in early spring.

Mockingbird snacking on possumhaw berries in mid-March. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mining bee foraging on apple serviceberry in mid-April.

Mining bee foraging on apple serviceberry in mid-April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The chives are gorgeous at peak bloom in late April.

The chives are gorgeous at peak bloom in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Golden columbine and chives in late April.

Golden columbine and chives in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Portrait of evening primrose in late April.

Portrait of evening primrose in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Dutchman's pipevine in late April.

Dutchman’s pipevine in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mining bee on golden alexander.

Mining bee on golden alexander in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Paper wasp foraging on golden alexander in early May.

Paper wasp foraging on golden alexander in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Geranium soaks up the rain in mid-May.

Geranium soaks up the rain in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole love in the pollinator garden.

Carolina anole love in the pollinator garden in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spiderwort and whorled tickseed in mid-May.

Spiderwort and whorled tickseed in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Blanketflower, downy wood mint, and phlox in mid-May.

Blanketflower, downy wood mint, and phlox in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch caterpillar on the redring milkweed in late May.

Monarch caterpillar on redring milkweed in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on purple prairie clover.

Bumble bee on purple prairie clover in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiger swallowtail on possumhaw

Tiger swallowtail on possumhaw in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Prairie poppy mallow backed by whorled tickseed in late May.

Prairie poppy mallow backed by whorled tickseed in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Helmeted squash bug laying eggs on bee balm in late May.

Helmeted squash bug laying eggs on bee balm in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on purple milkweed in late May.

Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on purple milkweed in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Megachilid bee on oxeye daisy in late May.

Megachilid bee on oxeye daisy in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mining bee on New Jersey tea in late May.

Mining bee on New Jersey tea in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Coneflowers, culver's root, and bee balm in mid-June.

Coneflowers, culver’s root, and bee balm in mid-June. Photo by Debbie Roos.