Plant sale to help boost local pollinators

The Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District said that its Pollinator Plant Sale was so popular last year that it’s planning the event again this year.

A part of the district’s Share Some Space Project, the Pollinator Plant Sale is designed to help increase the number of pollinators is Jennings County by offering 20 types of flowers and plants that are especially attractive to bees, monarch butterflies and hummingbirds.

Pollinators are necessary to the production of plants and flowers, which produce one-third of humankind’s food. Bees are the most productive pollinators but research has shown the bee population has rapidly decreased, and the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked for community help in protecting and increasing the bee population by increasing the natural habitat of pollinators.

“Last year was the first year for the Pollinator Plant Sale and we were hoping to sell maybe 300 to 500 plants, but we sold over 2,900 plants. It was incredible,” said Andy Ertel, executive director of the Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District.

All profits from the sale will be used to fund other Share Some Space projects, including the Pollinator Pathway at the Jennings County Fairgrounds, educational displays about pollinators at schools and the planting of pollinator habitats at parks and other public places.

The flowers and plants can be purchased individually for $3 each or in large combinations from $25 to $50.

Descriptions of Plants and flowers and order forms are available online at jenningsswcd.org. The deadline to order plants is March 17.

The flowers and plants will be available for pickup at Muscatatuck County Park from 3 to 7 p.m. May 4.

For more information

For more information, call the Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812-346-3411, ext. 3.