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Image of hummingbird grazing in a patch of California fuchsia in the UC Davis Hummingbird GATEway Garden.

Gardening for Pollinators and Biodiversity

Why garden for pollinators and biodiversity?

  • Biodiversity is the variety of all living things and their interactions.
  • Human population growth threatens wild creatures and a variety of plant species by shrinking their habitat. As plants disappear, so does biodiversity.
  • Plants and wildlife have evolved together and depend on one another for survival. Placing native plants and other wildlife-supporting plants in the landscape helps support biodiversity.
  • Pollinators and pollination are vital to our food supply. Many food crops require pollination to produce fruit. If we lose pollinators, we lose 80-90% of all plants and 1/3 of our crop species.
  • Creating a food web with diverse species in your garden plays a key role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Hummingbird photos: Shakuntala Makhijani (on Flickr)

Brochures below created in partnership with local
University of California Master Gardeners