Early Spring 2024 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 early April through mid-May.

‘Flamethrower’ redbud in bloom and just starting to leaf out. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Dwarf fothergilla. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Wild geranium tucked away in a shady corner. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mining bee foraging on golden alexander. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail caterpillar on bronze fennel. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Downy phlox and golden alexander. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Blackhaw viburnum. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bluestar, wild indigo, golden alexander, and yarrow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on wild indigo. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail caterpillar in mid-molt on golden alexander. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail caterpillar shedding skin on golden alexander. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Check out this bumble bee’s pollen baskets as she deep dives into a dwarf wild indigo bloom! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Brood XIX periodical cicada on bluestar. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Leafcutter bee foraging on dwarf wild indigo. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiny early instar variegated fritillary caterpillar on purple passionflower vine. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Leafcutter bee on lanceleaf blanketflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Yellow passionflower tendril spiral. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole on yarrow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Small’s beard tongue and spiderwort. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mountain Indian-physic. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Clasping milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Redring milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American lady caterpillar climbing the flower stalk of its host plant pussytoes. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Skunk meadowrue with white wild indigo in the background. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on wooly Dutchman’s pipe. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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