These gardens are designed to attract bees and butterflies as these animals perform the crucial ecosystem service of pollination–making it possible for our food and flowers to grow. They provide food and habitat for honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Restoring habitat for pollinators includes choosing to grow the native plants on which local populations of bees and butterflies depend. Native plants are preferred for a pollinator garden over non-natives because they are often already adapted to the local environment, and have a better chance of being successful for that area.
TTI’s Monarch Butterfly Garden has expanded, now it’s forth flowering year. The Bee Hotels were installed this spring and have already housed inhabitants. Even though small in size, these eco-focused gardens and habitats have provided protection, shelter and food, and we love seeing the progress. They are part of TTI’s commitment to environmental give-back, with our promise to expand on sustainability, conservation and natural environmental protections as part of our mission.