Master Gardener, Rick McCormick, teaches the Ginter Park Elementary Garden Club about the lives of honeybees! (pre-COVID)

Even during COVID, Fit4kids has twelve learning gardens in the greater Richmond area. Whether it’s remote or in-person, we engage children in planting and growing fresh, flavorful food. Our learning gardens would not be the beautiful and educational places they are without our special friends…pollinators! Yep, that’s right! We owe a huge thank you to bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and many more insects and animals that truly are unsung heroes.

This month let’s celebrate pollinators because their hard work helps us live our day-to-day lives!

Here are some tips to attract and help pollinators: 

You can also visit a local pollinator event!

On June 21st through the 27th, these events are taking place in the Greater Richmond region:

  • Bumblebee Jamboree is hosted by the Chesterfield County Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension, along with other community partners tied to pollinator conservation. Location: Maymont Park
  • National Pollinator Week is hosted by and located at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and is included with regular Garden admission.

So, what exactly do pollinators do?

The majority of flowering plants need help with pollination, and that’s where pollinators come in. They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. Without them we wouldn’t have delicious foods like blueberries, apples, mangos, chocolate, and the list goes on! 

Not only are pollinators essential for our plants and crops, but they also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, contribute greatly to the economy, and support other wildlife. Without pollinators, humans and terrestrial ecosystems would not survive.

A student at Henderson Middle shows off a “bug box” she built during Edible Schoolyard! (pre-COVID)