Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

School of Environmental Studies


Environmental Science

Major Advisor

Dr. Kate Bulinski

Second Advisor

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.