Planting for Pollinators
Bringing Pollinator Habitats to Pittsburgh

Why We Need Pollinators
The weather outside is decidedly unwelcoming this time of year, but at ACCD we are fondly remembering (and looking forward to) spring and summer. That is when the wildflowers of Pennsylvania begin to bloom, attracting the diverse array of pollinators that are so important to the ecosystem we all live in.

And it’s not just honey bees; there are over 300 species of bees in Pennsylvania alone! That doesn’t include the many types of bats, beetles, birds, moths and flies, each with their own unique relationship to certain plants. Without them, we would not enjoy the rebirth of nature each year or be able to eat fruits and vegetables that farmers and gardeners grow.

Converting Unused Land to Pollinator Habitats
In 2018, thanks to a generous grant from the Feed a Bee Initiative and some help from our friends at Grow Pittsburgh, ACCD was able to work with urban farmers and community gardeners around Allegheny County to convert unused land into wildflower and native meadow habitat for pollinators.

These perennial and annual plots bloomed throughout the summer in places like the Hilltop Urban Farm and the Homewood Historical Community Farm, community gardens in Duquesne, Clairton, Beechview, Troy Hill, Manchester, the Northside, and Mt. Washington. We also squeezed in a couple of greenspaces in Homewood, Monroeville, and Troy Hill.

We'd like to continue this work in the years ahead, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy some of the pictures from last summer.

If you want to plant some wildflowers in your own garden space, you can find us giving out free native seed packets at the Pittsburgh’s upcoming Celebration of Seeds: the 7th Annual Seed Swap at the Carnegie Library Main Branch in Oakland, February 23rd.