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North Myrtle Beach, Yaupon Garden Club Pollination Garden

The Yaupon Garden Club (YGC) is taking a small step in North Myrtle Beach to make a difference in its community to alleviate the 90% decline over the past 20 years of Monarch butterflies and to encourage the important work of pollinators. It is estimated that more than 1300 types of plants are grown around the world for food, beverages, medicines, condiments, spices and even fabric. Of these, 75% are pollinated by animals such as birds, bats or other animals, , insects such as bees butterflies, moths, beetles, or by the wind. Indirectly, pollinators ultimately play a role in the majority of what we eat. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinators. The ultimate goal of our newly established garden in a public park in the City of North Myrtle Beach, McLean Park, is to provide food and shelter for all stages of a butterfly’s life. However, when deciding on a name for this project, we know that what we established will attract not only butterflies, but native bees, honey bees, moths, and flies. Hence, we selected the name “Pollination Station.”

Our garden is designated a “Certified Butterfly Garden,” as well as the more stringent Monarch Garden as defined by the North American Butterfly Association. www.naba.org The designations required (1) native species of milkweed; (3) different caterpillar foods for growth and, (3) different native butterfly nectar plants. We met the challenge put out by the National Garden Club’s S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Having Areas Reserved for the Environment) by adding our Pollination Station to the list of One Million Pollinator Gardens. Signs were posted in front of the garden to recognize these certifications. The entire garden was enclosed by a secure fence purchased and installed by the YGC.

The basic elements of our pollination station include:

  1. Planting milkweed host plants exclusively for monarch butterfly
  2. Planting nectar plants to feed a variety of adult butterflies and other pollinators
  3. Providing sufficient sunshine
  4. Providing a ”Puddle Pond” for butterfly and bee drinking and hygiene
  5. Using a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall
  6. Planting in clumps, rather than single plants
  7. Including larval host plants in the landscape.
  8. Selecting plants that are heat and drought tolerant
  9. Plantings include:
  10. SEEDS:
  11. California grande – Zinnia (nectar)
  12. Girasue mammoth – Sunflower (host)
  13. PLANTS:
  14. Dwarf Coreopsis enano – Tickseed coreopsis (3) (nectar)                    Salvia cardonna (3) (nectar)
  15. Gaillardia mesa – Bicolor Gaillardia (6) (nectar)                     Lantana camara (5) (host or nectar)
  16. Monarda didyma – Bee balm (6) (nectar)                  Symphyotrichum – Calico Aster (2) (host)
  17. Asclepius tuberosa – Butterfly Milkweed (2) (host for monarch)
  18. Chrysogorum verainium green and gold (1)                            Antenaria neglecto – Pussytoes (1)
  19. Verbena: Purple Mosaic (3), Verna Quartz (12), Lavender/White (2) (host)
  20. Rudbeckia Hirto – Black Eyed Susan (3) (host)                         Bidens ferulifolia- Bidy Gonzales (4)
  21. Sedum ternatum – Woodland Stonecrop (1)                     Echinacea purpuria – Cone Flower (1) (host)