Planting a pollinator garden helps honey bees immensely. Bees rely on the nectar and pollen from nearby flowers for their survival; when flowers are scarce, bees can starve. By planting a pollinator garden, you're ensuring that bees have a source of food year round -- just be sure your garden is pesticide free

Unless you have particular bee allergies, don't be afraid of attracting pollinators to your property. The "bees" that give most people trouble — yellow jackets, wasps and hornets — aren't true bees, they're relatives. They're carnivores, and won't be attracted to your plants.

Want to learn which plants are right for your planting zone, or how to get organic seeds? Check out our Pollinator Garden resource page.


Pesticides are harmful to humans and worse for bees. The chemicals and pest control treatments used on lawns and gardens weaken bees, and are especially damaging if applied to flowers in full bloom. Research shows that neonicotinoid pesticides linger in the nectar and pollen of flowers, where bees are most likely to come into contact with them. These treatments weaken bee immune systems and make them more susceptible to disease and infestation by pests.

For resources on bee-friendly means of pest control, read our Natural Pest Control guide.