The second pillar of The Wildflower Project is the support of pollinators and their habitat.
Every seed we plant, we plant for the pollinators. They are the ones who will benefit the most from our mission.
In simple terms: flowers produce nectar and pollen. Bees and butterfly’s land on these flowers to consume the nectar, a nutrient-rich food source. While they eat the nectar, pollen sticks to their bodies. Pollen is the male sex cell that allows plants to reproduce. As the pollinator moves on to the next plant, it unknowingly fertilizes as it goes. Once they’re pollinated, plants produce seeds that will spread to new places, grow up to be flowers, and repeat the cycle to spread their own seeds.
This process is the same for fruiting plants too, including this huge list of food that depends on pollinators. Nearly 1,000 plants worldwide depend on pollinators to produce goods that humans consume (Pollinator Partnership).
Unfortunately, and for many unknown reasons, pollinators are struggling, particularly the honeybee. Colonies of bees have been collapsing at alarming rates (called CCD). It threatens many foods that we take for granted: apples, grapes, strawberries and tomatoes (just to name a few). Could you imagine if these dietary staples were to disappear?
We can’t either.
We may not know exactly what causes CCD, but disappearing habitat is a leading suspect. Once lush green ecosystems filled with living things have been replaced with impermeable concrete and steel.
We reap what we sow; which is part of the problem. We’ve consumed all the resources in urban areas to the point where nature has all but disappeared.
With vibrant, urban wildflower gardens, we hope to bring a little nature back – one seed, one flower, and one honeybee at a time.