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Welcome to our site!  We are working on putting together a broad partnership of public and private organizations and individuals concerned about preserving and protection pollinators in the greater Chattanooga area.

About

We are the Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter, part of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, a national nonprofit with the mission of preserving and restoring native plant communities and promoting sustainable landscaping practices.  Our project to restore pollinator habitat is inspired by the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership and we are working cooperatively with other area organizations to expand pollinator protection north and east of that metropolitan area.  We are volunteers, gardeners, teachers, conservationists and students concerned about increasing and improving pollinator habitat.

The Basics

For a pollinator garden to serve its purpose, it needs to do two things.

1.  Provide seasons-long sources of food and water for visiting pollinators.

2.  Provide opportunities for reproduction in a pesticide-free environment.

Addressing the needs of pollinators to both forage and reproduce is at the heart of every successful pollinator garden.

Provide a food source – You will find guidelines all pollinator gardeners should follow when considering which plant species to include in their green space. We have also provided you with a page that features  easy to grow and important pollinator plant species for your Southeastern pollinator garden, followed by a page with a long list of resources and suggested plant guides.

Provide areas for reproduction –  This information will show you how to cultivate, enhance or add natural areas to your garden for pollinator reproduction.

Map Your Garden

We would like to learn more about high quality pollinator habitat in our area and hope to measure efforts to increase habitat through a simple mapping program.  If you would like to add your garden to this map, click here to fill out a simple form.

If you need help answering the question regarding what your garden provides, please review this page about the basics.

If you would like to remain anonymous, you may certainly do so.  Simply provide a street name and zip code so we can place a general pin.

Other organizations around the country, including other Wild Ones chapters are engaged in similar habitat restoration projects.  As these efforts coalesce, we plan to add our habitat map to larger regional and national maps.