Creating and enhancing pollinator habitat is of growing interest to Granite State land owners, property managers, farmers, and landscapers. “The interest in helping pollinators has been astounding. There are literally hundreds of pollinator gardens and habitats that have been installed in New Hampshire alone in the last few years,” New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Cathy Neal said.
Neal, who also is a nursery and landscape horticulture state specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension, has conducted nearly 10 years of wildflower meadow trials at the experiment station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. She has found that wildflower meadows comprised of a mixture of herbaceous perennials such as golden rod, asters, black-eyed Susans, bergamot, coneflowers and potentially many more, are extremely valuable places for bees to forage for food.
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UNH Scientists Develop Wildflower Mixes and Strategies to Support State’s Native Pollinators