Date of Project
School of Environmental Studies
Dr. Kate Bulinski
Dr. Michele Abee
Animal pollinators are the cornerstone of healthy ecosystems. Their survival is essential for the persistence of entire food chains: from the flowers they cross-pollinate directly, to the animals who depend on those plants for nutrition. The establishment of pollinator gardens—particularly ones that consist of native plants—is an effective way to enhance their biodiversity, abundance, and well-being.
The main goal of this thesis is to construct a pollinator garden that maximizes the benefits for animal pollinators using feedback from local gardeners. A survey was used to gather information about the popularity and preferences of 40 flowering plants, and after analyzing the 101 responses, 12 species were chosen along with 2 native grasses. The garden was constructed on Bellarmine University’s campus (October 2022) and is in bloom as of spring 2023.
Moran, Kate, "The Bellarmine Bee Bed: Organizing a Native Plant Garden Using Feedback from the Local Community" (2023). Undergraduate Theses. 108.
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