There is an abundance of resources to help you plant and maintain a pollinator garden – from nurseries, books and articles to websites and podcasts with information on how to grow and protect pollinator habitats.
Check out our ever growing list of places and publications and start creating an environment where pollinators can thrive.

Gardens, Plants and Nurseries

The Wild Garden – An online treasure trove of facts, photos and folk wisdom about Northwest native plants. Soon to become a book!
Tadpole Haven – this Nursery carries over 100 species of plants native to Western Washington. Open by appointment.
Xerces Society – pollinator conservation resources for the Pacific Northwest region – lots of links to plant lists, vendors and helpful hints. – this is one of our favorite sites – so much information and here is where you can put your garden on the map.
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center – Pacific NW organic farm with a native plant nursery and annual native plant sale.
Hima Nursery – offers a large selection of quality native plants, shrubs and grasses.
Washington Native Plant Society – List of nurseries who sell native plants.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Pacific Northwest public garden in a wooded setting with native and exotic plants. Get inspired with a visit to the garden and nursery.
Tilth Alliance – this organization promotes organic and sustainable practices in farms, gardens and kitchens.
Seattle Audubon Society – Plants for Birds Program. Find out how to bring birds to your home by planting native plants.
How to Create a Monarch Way Station – Steps for planting and maintaining a habitat for the endangered Monarch butterfly population. – a story about replacing lawn with native plants. Washington Native Plant Nurseries – additional places to buy native plants:

Pollinator and Habitat Resources

Xerces Society – Habitat restoration guidelines.
Grow It Forward Restoration
– Gardeners in the greater Seattle area use native tree and shrub seedlings to restore critical habitats. Learn how to set up a micro-nursery in your own garden.
Washington Native Bee Society – Promotes awareness and conservation of solitary bees and their habitats.
Washington Butterfly Association
– A non-profit dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of butterflies and other pollinators.
– Native Pollinator Habitat Restoration Guide.
David Suzuki Society
– Messy Yards Help Bees
Snohomish Conservation District
– Bees 101: Fast Facts
Leave the leaves
. New York Times article about why you don’t want to rake them.
Savvy Gardening
– There is a right and a wrong way to do spring garden cleanup. Here is an excellent article on doing it right.

Educational Resources

Download this engaging Pollinator Elementary curriculum designed by a high school student for her Girl Scout project. It was awarded the Gold Award, the highest achievement in the Girl Scouts.

Resources for a Healthy Environment

Reinvent your lawn: New York Times article about what to do with all that grass.
Glyphosate is  the active ingredient in Roundup, a popular herbicide widely used in agriculture and home gardens. Read about the health hazards to pollinators and humans from the use of this product, and learn the healthy alternatives. – This site offers alternatives to RoundUp that do not contain glyphosate and are made with natural organic oils and acid. Learn about the dangers of Neonicotinoids (“Neonics”):