Bees and Butterflies

Container Gardening With Kids!

Making friends with pollinators.

A child's hand drawing a Woodsy the Owl poster idea in a notebook.

Children love nature. They are fascinated with things that crawl and buzz, fly and croak. They can spend hours observing a wooly worm crawl, or with baited breath, wait for a butterfly to hatch from it's protected cocoon.

National Garden Clubs promotes and encourages youth gardening as a way of expanding the horizons of children, instilling a love of gardening, conservation, recognition of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, and an awareness of the interconnectivity of life forms.

We Need Bees And Butterflies!

Bees are a critical part of nature's reproductive cycle. They fertilize flowers on trees that provide us fruit, beans, tomatoes, onions and carrots as well as hundreds of other vegetables and oil seeds (like almonds and pecans); they make honeycomb and honey; and they pollinate forage plants like clover that are consumed by cows and other livestock.

Butterflies are also pollinators, attracted to brightly colored, fragrant flowers. They have been around for at least 50 million years and probably first evolved some 150 million years ago. They are commonly used to teach children about the natural world, fascinating them with the journey from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult.

Both Bees and Butterflies have been recognized as being indicators of biodiversity, their presence signifying a healthy environment and healthy ecosystem.

Container Gardening Is For You!

The 2015-2017 "Protecting Our Pollinators" Youth Award encourages Garden Clubs to teach children about pollinators, their gifts to our world, and plant container gardens with bee and butterfly friendly flowers. Some species to consider are: Aster, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, fennel, lantana, bee balm, borage, oregano, sunflower, sweet alyssum, alstroemeria, salvia, lavender, gloriosa daisy, blanket flower, coneflower and yarrow. The award is available to children's groups in 1st through 5th grade.

Resources

Youth Pollinator Gardens Grant

Container Gardening Resources

For more information, contact:
Mary Ann Moreno, Chairman: Container Gardening for Bees and Butterflies