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.

Native Plant Nurseries​

-Here's where to buy them​
Hima Nursery – Offers a large selection of quality native plants, shrubs and grasses.
Oxbow Conservation Center – Pacific NW organic farm with a native plant nursery and annual native plant sale.
Tadpole Haven Native Plants – This Nursery carries over 100 species of plants native to Western Washington. Open by appointment.
Wildflowers Northwest – This native plant nursery in Maple Valley offers a wide selection of regional plants. Shop online or set up an appointment.

Plants and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens – 15 top native plants of the Pacific Northwest.
How to Create a Monarch Way Station – Steps for planting and maintaining a habitat for the endangered Monarch butterfly population.
King County Native Plant Nursery List to Native Plants and Gardening – A step-by-step guide to planning, planting and caring for a native plant garden. Includes lots of links to other native plant sites.
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.
Northwest Native Plant Guide – Features plants native to Western Washington and native plant gardening tips.
Oregon State University Extension Service – Gardening with Oregon Native Plants. – This is one of our favorite sites – so much information and here is where you can put your garden on the map.
Seattle Audubon Society – Plants for Birds Program. Find out how to bring birds to your home by planting native plants.
Snohomish County Native Plant Nursery List
Tilth Alliance – This organization promotes organic and sustainable practices in farms, gardens and kitchens.
Washington Native Plant Society – A great educational site that promotes the conservation and appreciation of Washington’s native plants.
The Wild Garden – An online treasure trove of facts, photos and folk wisdom about Northwest native plants. Soon to become a book!
Xerces Society – Pollinator conservation resources for the Pacific Northwest region – lots of links to plant lists, vendors and helpful hints.

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.
EarthCorps – 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.
Hugelkultur – WSU site tells us what it is and all the steps for building your own.
More hugelkultur – Five variations and all the lowdown on each one.

Educational Resources

This engaging Pollinator Elementary Curriculum workbook was designed by a high school student as part of her Girl Scout project. Her project was awarded the Gold Award, the highest achievement in the Girl Scouts. This booklet is a wonderful teaching tool for young people. The author explains the steps involved in pollination and the importance of protecting pollinators using illustrations, puzzles and games. Available to print or download.

Resources for a Healthy Environment

Reinvent your lawnInteresting facts about how wasteful lawns are, and some thoughts on how to transform them.
Discover Magazine – Your perfect lawn is bad for the environment. Here’s what to do instead.
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”):