LINCOLN, Neb. A program through the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is allowing people across Nebraska to help preserve the pollinator population in the state.
The program is called the “Bloom Box Program.” It allows homeowners to order ‘pollinator-friendly” plants to grow on their property.
“Starting a pollinator garden is easy,” said Rachel Anderson, with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. “All you need is a sunny location that is protected from the wind and a shelter nearby.”
When ordering flowers from the “Bloom Box Program,” you can choose up to 25 native Nebraska plants that attract pollinators and help the insects thrive. The plants are shipped to your home—ready to be planted.
“Having a lot of different types of flowers will attract different types of pollinators,” Anderson said. "We make sure to include a mixture of flowers that will bloom all season.”
Preserving pollinators is important because many specials are dealing with declining populations. The loss of pollinators could lead to the loss of several popular crops across the United States.
The “Bloom Box” also includes a garden preparation guide, a garden design guide, plant information cards, information on pollinators and their habitat, a “Pollinator Habitat” sign, along with a bonus seed packet.
The deadline to order this year and receive your plants by September is August 28th.