We're always on the lookout for great articles to help new and experienced gardeners. Please feel free to share any great articles you come across and we'll add them to our site so other members of the North Shore Plant Club can continue to learn more about gardening. Send a link to us at readingroom@northshoreplantclub.com.

Title / Author Tags Date
Why the death of the honeybee was greatly exaggerated
Byran Walsh, Vox
Pollinators 4/5/24
5 Essential Fall Butterfly Garden Tips
Jill Staake, Birds & Blooms
Pollinators 9/14/21
5 Easy Ways That Anyone Can Help Save Bees, Right From Your Own Backyard
Jessica Stewart, My Modern Met
Pollinators 9/10/21
6 Plants That Attract Dragonflies
Kris Wetherbee, Taste of Home
Pollinators 8/3/21
Garden Guild of Winnetka Maintains Butterfly Habitat
Garden Club of America
Pollinators 7/6/21
Make a Butterfly Garden: Features That Attract Butterflies
Megan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Pollinators 5/25/21
No Mow May: Here's why you shouldn't mow your lawn this month
It's for a very important reason., House Beautiful
Lawn, Pollinators 5/8/21
The right way to leave stems for native bees
Nicholas Dorian, Tufts Pollinator Initiative
Pollinators, Pruning 4/26/21
Garden Mastery: Plant for the pollinators, which keep our world buzzing with life
Jodi Bay, San Diego Union Tribune
Pollinators 3/13/21
The Best Bulbs to Plant in Fall to Help Pollinators Come Springtime
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Bulbs, Plant Selection, Pollinators 8/20/20
Beekeeping for Beginners: What You Need to Know About Starting Your Hive
Leah Chester-Davis and Diana Dickinson, Better Homes & Gardens
Pollinators 8/12/20
Flowering Shrubs Birds & Butterflies Love
Melinda Myers, Birds & Blooms
Birds, Pollinators 7/15/20
Four Easy Ways to Aid Native Bees
Niki Jabbour, Horticulture Magazine
Pollinators 6/16/20
Zinnias Will Attract Butterflies and Bees
Eric Grissell, Horticulture Magazine
Pollinators 6/9/20
Pollinator's Favorite Nectar Plants (Requires subscription?)
John Gwynne, Fine Gardening
Pollinators 6/1/20
Designing a Stylish Pollinator Garden (Requires subscription?)
John Gwynne, Fine Gardening
Pollinators 6/1/20
A Hole in Every Host Plant (Requires subscription?)
John Gwynne, Fine Gardening
Insects, Pollinators 6/1/20
This Company Lets You Rent Bees to Bulk Up Your Local Pollinator Population
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Pollinators 3/16/20
This Company Lets You Rent Bees to Bulk Up Your Local Pollinator Population
Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens
Pollinators 3/16/20
How to Set Up a Beehive
Kate Carter Frederick and Jarret Einck, Better Homes & Gardens
Pollinators 8/1/19
Mowing for monarchs
Layne Cameron, MSU Today
Pollinators 3/12/19
Which Native Milkweeds Should You Plant for Monarch Butterflies?
Boyce Tankersley, Chicago Botanic Garden
Pollinators 6/1/16
Plants for Great Midwest Butterfly Gardens
Midwest Gardening
The Butterfly Garden at Dwyer Park
Winnetka Park District
Pocket Prairie Plant Companion Guide
Little Garden Club of Wilmette
Native Plants, Pollinators, Prairies
Pocket Prairie Brochure
Little Garden Club of Wilmette
Native Plants, Pollinators

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