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Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator Garden is a new exhibit for 2017. Located by Gate 5 entrance (North side of the Fairgrounds).

The plants in this area have been chosen to attract a wide variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths & birds. Pollination is how flowering plants reproduce. Pollination involves the transfer of pollen from male to female parts of the flowers. Wind, water and animals help this transfer happen.

Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Foods such as grapes, apples, raspberries, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, nuts, cotton, alfalfa, coffee and even chocolate!

Pollinators also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Trees, shrubs and wildflowers all depend on pollinators or they will die out.

Take a moment to enjoy the garden. Look closely for the many creatures that find food and shelter among the flowers. How many insects and animals do you see? Observe which flowers they seem to like best.

Some of the flowers planted in our garden are:
Purple Dome Aster
Goldenrod Stiff
Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle
Butterfly Weed
Gateway Joe Pye Weed
Blue Fortune Hyssop
Blue Spire Sage Russian
Magnus Cornflower Purple
Goldstrum Black Eyed Susan
Zinnas
Sunflowers
Different Herbs
Coreopsis
Major Wheeler
Sergeant Crabapple Tree
Gold Fame Honeysuckle
Verbena Bonariensis
Blue Fortune Hyssop
Forest Fire Salvia
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