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Natureful Philadelphia Gardens in your neighborhood.

Go check them out! Love them, care for them, host them!

A wild city is a happy city! Natureful Philadelphia is trying to increase Philadelphia’s native plant species and help our native pollinators one empty patch of dirt at a time. Cuts in the sidewalk, meant for trees, sometimes go unused, collecting trash and missing a valuable opportunity to help bees and butterflies. That’s where Natureful Philadelphia comes in! The project is installing pollinator gardens filled with hardy perennials and host plants for our native pollinators to eat, grow and have babies. Still in its early stages you may come across these gardens in Fishtown, Philadelphia. I’m installing more and more every year and hope to be around Philadelphia.

I've always been interested in how people can interact more with nature in their daily urban lives and the more I learned about Biophilic Cities and E.O. Wilson's theory of Half Earth, the more I looked around Philadelphia and saw opportunity to help the wildlife that used to be here. With funding from The Awesome Foundation and help from groups like Penn Extension, Penn State's Entomology Department, and BioPhilly, the gardens were created. I've chosen species that were native to the region, are helpful to pollinators and can survive in an urban landscape with minimal effort. Best yet, once they grow big, they can be split and shared to start new gardens! If you're interested in hosting one of these Natureful Philadelphia pollinator gardens please contact me!  

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Pollinators are Important!

We rely on pollinators like birds and insects to help our food crop's produce fruit and vegetables. But we also rely on pollinators to help our native plants reproduce. Check out all the different bees, butterflies and birds you may see pollinating the plants around Philadelphia! Snap a picture and tag #naturefulPhiladelphia!

What kind of bees are visiting? Here's a quick guide provided by the Penn State Entomology Department.

What kind of bees are visiting? Here's a quick guide provided by the Penn State Entomology Department.

For the first time, a bee has made it on the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species list. Though they used to live throughout Pennsylvania, they are now only found in a few patches. Lack of habitat is one of the main reasons they have disappeared. By adding more native plants, perhaps we can help the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee return to its natural range.

Photo courtesy of Dan Mullen.