Welcome to The Native Yard!
Hi! I am Kae! I am the Manager at The Native Yard, Inc. The business sells native plants for Northeastern America. However, by request, I can get other parts of the USA's native plants for customers that live all over the world. I am a strong believer in the life cycle of plants and animals and how they affect humans.
Why is Pollination important for Native Wildflowers?
Pollination is important because it leads to the production of fruits we can eat, and seeds that will create more plants. Pollination begins with flowers. Flowers have male parts that produce very small grains called pollen. Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from one flower to another.
Many insects help move pollen between flowers and act as “pollinators”. Butterflies, moths, bees, and flies are examples of insect pollinators. When a pollinator visits a flower it is looking for food but while feeding these insects accidentally transfer pollen grains between flowers and help the plants produce fruits and seeds.
Pollinators have evolved with native plants, which are best adapted to the local growing season, climate, and soils. Most pollinators feed on specific plant species — hummingbirds sip nectar from long, tubular flowers, while green sweat bees prefer more open-faced flowers. Non-native plants may not provide pollinators with enough nectar or pollen, or may be inedible to butterfly or moth caterpillars. Non-native plants may not even give the correct homes to birds due to when they go into dormancy.
Why should we care?
One of every three bites of food you eat comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Unfortunately, the bee population is on the decline. Bees, no big deal, right? Wrong.
When a bumble bee feeds on the nectar and pollen of blueberry flowers, it pollinates the flowers, which will produce fruit eaten by songbirds, black bears, and dozens of other animals, including humans. We call the bumble bee and other pollinators’ keystone species because they are species upon which others depend.
Pollinators are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. They are essential for plant reproduction, and produce genetic diversity in the plants they pollinate. The more diverse plants are, the better they can adapt to changes in the environment. Best of all, pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies are beautiful and fascinating.
Biologists fear several butterfly and bumble bee species have disappeared from parts of their range, including the once common rusty-patched bumble bee.
Why are pollinators in trouble?
It appears that habitat loss, introduced diseases, pollution and pesticide poisoning account for much of the population declines. We can do our part to support pollinators by creating pollinator friendly gardens and protecting wildlife habitat.
There is so much more information available both on the web and at your local environment agencies. You may go to the USDA United States Department of Agriculture at http://www.usda.gov/
A native plant is one which occurred within a region before settlement by Europeans. Native plants include ferns and clubmosses; grasses, sedges and rushes; perennial and annual wildflowers; and the woody trees, shrubs, and vines which covered “Penn’s Woods” when the first settlers arrived. There are 2,100 native plant species known in Pennsylvania.
An introduced or non-native plant is one that has been brought into the state and escaped cultivation to become established in the wild. At the turn of the 21st century, about 1,300 species of nonnative plants existed in Pennsylvania outside of gardens, parks and agricultural lands. That is 37 percent of Pennsylvania’s total wild plant flora. More introduced plants are identified every year. (Data source http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ )
Contact Kae Anderson in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, to discuss her extensive selection of plants that pollinate. Kae features native plants from around the country, sending them to customers throughout North America. During the Winter months, you can find Kae at various trade-shows within a 100-mile radius of York County, Pennsylvania. From Spring thru Fall, we can be found at our Hanover Farmers Market retail location. But of course, customers may also come see the plants grow here in Seven Valleys Tuesdays and Wednesdays.