Spring 2019 Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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Photos by Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chatham County

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 215 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 the pollinator garden from April through mid-June.

For more photos, see:

Fall Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

Summer Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

Spring Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

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

A Carolina anole hunts for insects in the bronze fennel in late April.

A Carolina anole hunts for insects in the bronze fennel in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa) is in full bloom in late April.

The pipevine is in full bloom in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiny syrphid fly on golden alexander (Zizia aurea) in early May.

Tiny syrphid fly on golden alexander in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Newly hatched pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on the Dutchman's pipe in early May.

Newly hatched pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on the Dutchman’s pipe in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Native sundrops and fire pink make a nice combo in mid-May.

Native sundrops and fire pink make a nice combo in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch caterpillar feeding on butterfly weed in mid-May.

Monarch caterpillar feeding on butterfly weed in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Florida predatory stink bug nymphs feeding on a weevil on the cup plant in late May.

Florida predatory stink bug nymphs feeding on a weevil on the cup plant in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late May in the pollinator garden.

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

Clasping milkweed in late May.

Clasping milkweed in late May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Early June in the pollinator garden.

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

Early June in the pollinator garden.

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

Early June in the pollinator garden: orange coneflower, mountain mint, yarrow, and staghorn sumac.

Early June in the pollinator garden: orange coneflower, mountain mint, yarrow, and staghorn sumac. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The rattlesnake master looks stunning against a backdrop of coneflowers, beebalm, blazing star, and culver's root.

The rattlesnake master looks stunning against a backdrop of coneflowers, beebalm, blazing star, and culver’s root in early June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Leafcutter bee foraging on dwarf indigo bush in early June.

Leafcutter bee foraging on dwarf indigo bush in early June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

'Public Domain' coneflower and lanceleaf blanketflower in mid-June.

‘Public Domain’ coneflower and lanceleaf blanketflower in mid-June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Close-up of common milkweed bloom in mid-June.

Close-up of common milkweed bloom in mid-June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch nectaring on butterfly weed in mid-June.

Monarch nectaring on butterfly weed in mid-June. Photo by Debbie Roos.