Gardening tip: how to help pollinators

MANISTEE — Members of the Spirit of the Woods Garden Club, Inc. learned the new plants for 2022 and helpful gardening tips this month.

Marci Gremore of Weesies Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping in Manistee was the guest speaker at the club meeting on April 11.

Many of the tips shared by Gremore focused on what gardeners can do to help pollinators. She suggested several flowers that pollinators like. For example, hummingbirds love hosta flowers. She said it’s important to plant early-flowering plants, like crocuses, to feed the early-emerging bees.

If a gardener must use pesticides, she suggests using them early in the morning or late in the day and when the flowers aren’t in bloom. She suggested gardeners wait until it’s consistently above 50 degrees for a week before cleaning out the beds, as beneficial insects may still be using them.

She had several suggestions for deer resistant plants and suggested several products that could be used to deter them. Some deer-resistant perennials that have new cultivars are astilbe, ligularia, nepeta, and baptisia.


The group’s next meeting will be May 9 at noon at the Oak Grove Hospitality Center, located at 309 W. Parkdale Ave. at Manistee. Carolyn Thayer of Designs in Bloom will present Creating a Rain Garden.

For more information on club meetings and activities, contact Beth Markowski at 616-401-3387 or Kathy Johnson at 231-398-2840 or email [email protected] Spirit of the Woods Garden Club is a member of Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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