Creating a Pollinator Garden

June, in the plant world, is a busy month. It kicks off by celebrating Perennial Gardening Month. How do you celebrate perennials? Well, since you asked.

Check out our classes (every Saturday), promotions (find these updated weekly on our web page or newsletter) and pollinator day on June 23 from 10-2, We're even grilling hot dogs and adding the fixings because what's a celebration without hot dogs? We'll focus on the perennial of the year, both past and present (yes, there is such a thing, quiz later), and we'll highlight perennials that pollinators love. (Don't worry you shade dwellers, there are perennials for you, too.)

Included in all this celebrating is the National Pollinator Week.

If you're thinking, I don't know what a perennial is. Remember there are no dumb questions. We're here to educate our customers and help them become the best gardeners. Click here for the difference between an annual and a perennial. 

Okay, the housekeeping is done, onto the celebration. As part of the festivities, we're giving you a design, done by Amy Nies, Landscape Designer with B. B. Barns Landscape (thank you Amy!), so you can create your own pollinator garden like a pro. Simply download the design and bloom schedule (at bottom of post), purchase your plants, and plant using Amy's design as a guide. Soon the bees will be buzzing and the butterflies swarming. Add this to your celebration! 

Click on the buttons above to download. Don't have a printer? Screenshot the design, or scribble it down, or pick up a copy at the store. Then ask our staff for help if you have questions and don't be afraid to substitute if you prefer. 

Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer. Design and pictures by Amy Nies, Landscape Designer with B.B.Barns Landscape.

B.B.Barns Garden Center serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and Tennessee.