A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators
Lorraine Johnson is a collaborator with the Ecological Design Lab and a champion of urban biodiversity lending her expertise to protect the right to cultivate natural gardens in Ontario. A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee is written with co-author Dr. Sheila Colla, an ecologist at York University whose research centres pollinator conservation and ecology.
A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee provides all the information gardeners need to take action to support and protect pollinators, by creating habitat in yards and community spaces, on balconies and boulevards.
This fully-illustrated guide highlights more than 300 plant species native to Ontario, along with sample garden designs, and numerous tips for success, A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee helps gardeners discover the crucial connections between native plants and native pollinators to support their local ecosystems.
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“Combining the extensive knowledge of a renowned author and bee researcher, this engaging and accessible book showcases multiple ways to enhance or convert a garden into a thriving habitat for wild bees. This book has it all—sample garden plans, beautiful illustrations and photographs, a comprehensive section profiling native plants and the specific pollinators the plants support, answers to common pollinator gardening questions, and a discussion about the critical link between native plants and pollinators. With its broad appeal, Ontario gardeners will treasure this extremely informative book.”
–Heather Holm, Pollinator Conservationist and author of Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
“Johnson and Colla bring us a glorious manifesto about gardening for bumblebees, and other pollinators. Profusely illustrated, it highlights dozens of pollinator-worthy flowering plants for home and community gardens. An encyclopedic but highly accessible book that belongs with every gardener and naturalist.”
–Stephen Buchmann, author of The Reason for Flowers