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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 M E D I A B A K E R Y gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery Creating Habitats R U T H F U R M A N writer the green scene we gardeners are nature lovers, filling our gardens with flora to please family and friends (and ourselves). But what do we do to provide for the pollinators who help keep our gardens beautiful and productive? Who are these pollinators? Honeybees, an introduced species, probably are the first to come to mind. However, there are many native bees along with wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, bats, and, of course, birds all fluttering through our gardens, gath- ering food or taking shelter. While native plants might be the best for our native pollinators, recent research from the Royal Horticultural Society has shown that non-natives are good sources of pollinator food too. I do advocate using natives (which doesn't mean you should dig up your ornamentals), but try to find a balance of natives and pollinator-friendly non-natives. How do we create a pollinator-friendly habitat? It may be easier than you think. First, assess your garden: What are you growing and which plants have been a-buzz? If your plants are humming with activity, you're off to a good start. Pollen, which provides protein, and nectar, an energy source, are the primary foods needed by pollinators. Flowers produce the pollen and nectar.

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