SD COUNTY POLLINATOR ALLIANCE

 
Do you want to find out how to attract beneficial pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds into your garden? The San Diego County Pollinator Alliance is developing a series of native demonstration pollinator gardens across the county to give residents ideas on how to create pollinator habitat at home.
 
The Alliance is a group of organizations and agencies working to protect pollinators in San Diego County, including Butterfly Farms, Sky Mountain Permaculture, the California Native Plant Society - San Diego Chapter, US Fish & Wildlife Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, the RCD of Greater San Diego County, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  
 
One of the first demonstration gardens is at the San Diego County Fair. The garden, built in 2015, is a permanent feature within the Fair's Infield Farm. If you are visiting the Fair, stop by and learn about low water use, California native plants that provide essential habitat for our hardworking pollinators. 
 
The garden is open every day of the Fair (June 2 - July 4, 2017). Volunteers will be available to give garden tours and talk with visitors about plant choices to support pollinators and beautify your yard.
 
More demonstration gardens are being built across the County. Sike's Adobe within the San Dieguito River Park is home to one, and is open to all park users. Stop by and take a look!
Here are some resources to help you create your own pollinator habitat.
 
Pollinator Garden resources:
 
 
Websites to visit for more information:
- Butterfly Farms: education and conservation organization and nursery all on one site. Come visit their butterfly free flight house and buy pollinator plants for your garden.
- California Native Plant Society - San Diego Chapter: organization dedicated to increasing understanding, appreciation and conservation of California's fascinating variety of native plants in their natural environment and in horticultural settings. “Gardening with Natives” and “How-To Brochures” links on their website have lots of info on native plants and butterflies. 
- Monarch Watch: organization dedicated to the protection of Monarch Butterflies. Their website has lots of resources and information, including how to become a Monarch Waystation.  
- The RCD Milkweed for Monarchs page: program to support Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators. 
- Xerces Society: organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife through supporting invertebrates. Their Bring Back the Pollinators page has lots of useful information about what you can do to help these vital insects.