Fall 2022 Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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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 225 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 mid-September through mid-November. Each photo has a caption with details about the image.

Visit the Pollinator Garden website.

Click here for links to all the seasonal photo collections.

Golden-reined digger wasp on spotted horsemint.

Golden-reined digger wasp on spotted horsemint. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole on swamp rose mallow.

Carolina anole on swamp rose mallow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch on skyblue aster

Monarch on skyblue aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch caterpillar preparing to pupate high up on giant ironweed

Monarch caterpillar preparing to pupate high up on giant ironweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Fall color in one of the garden beds.

Fall color in one of the garden beds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Blazing star seedheads with splitbeard bluestem and eastern silvery aster.

Blazing star seedheads with splitbeard bluestem and eastern silvery aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eastern silvery aster with splitbeard bluestem.

Eastern silvery aster with splitbeard bluestem. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spiral seedpods of spurred butterfly-pea with splitbeard bluestem.

Spiral seedpods of spurred butterfly-pea vine with splitbeard bluestem. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American bumble bee foraging on Appalachian blazing star.

American bumble bee foraging on Appalachian blazing star. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American bumble bee foraging on Appalachian blazing star.

American bumble bee foraging on Appalachian blazing star. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Maryland golden aster and eastern silvery aster.

Maryland golden aster and eastern silvery aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eastern silvery aster with Maryland golden aster.

Eastern silvery aster with Maryland golden aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Fall layers

Fall layers. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Green lynx spider with egg sac and spiderlings.

Green lynx spider with egg sac and spiderlings. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Newly emerged green lynx spiderlings.

Newly emerged green lynx spiderlings. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Calligrapher flower fly on climbing aster.

Calligrapher flower fly on climbing aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Honey bee on climbing aster.

Honey bee on climbing aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spring-blooming 'Belleza Dark Pink' beeblossom reblooming in the fall.

Spring-blooming ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ beeblossom reblooming in the fall. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Staghorn sumac with bluestar.

Staghorn sumac with bluestar. Photo by Debbie Roos.

White wood aster with fall color showing on bluestar.

White wood aster with fall color showing on bluestar. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cottony seedheads and ruby fall color of tall anemone backed by pink muhly grass.

Cottony seedheads and ruby fall color of tall anemone backed by pink muhly grass. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American clasping aster and lanceleaf blanketflower.

American clasping aster and lanceleaf blanketflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on Georgia aster.

Bumble bee on Georgia aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on Georgia aster.

New England aster with rose mallow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on Nov 16, 2022
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