Designs and Plant Lists

Change at the Pollinator Preserve is often due to the challenges we face, current scientific research, and conversations with our visitors. We are lucky to have Master Gardeners, PA Master Naturalists, entomologists, and very experienced volunteers on our team to bring forth issues and propose resolutions. Observations, research, and discussions result in improvements each season. Our winters are devoted to planning for our visitors to experience beauty, fascination, and discovery as they explore this space year-round, whether or not someone is there to guide them through. You share your stories with us and ask for ideas on how to attract pollinators at home. We do not take our responsibility lightly.

Our most recent changes include the removal of the net, additional access to the gardens, and improved sightlines. The garden feels bigger as you can easily see a hummingbird on the far side, or birds enjoying a snack at the sunflowers.

We have also updated our signage throughout the space. We want you to know why we selected each plant, whether it is native to our area, and any other pertinent features it may offer. You will see additional signage pointing out fascinating details about the ways plants communicate with the insects as they depend on each other for their existence.

Some of the challenges we had in 2023 included hungry birds and mammals, unpredictable weather, and even a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the garden. Some of this was anticipated, but the turtle was a big surprise! I’m happy to tell you the turtles emerged in September, knowing to head down the hill towards the pond.

We hope to see you again this year! Our Education Stations will be held on a regular basis, and our guides will be there daily from June through October to help you find the action. To read more about our journey, visit our Blogs and Videos.

You can find the most current list of plants by downloading our Plant Lists. Download the 2024 Plant List sorted by Scientific Name or Download the 2024 Plant List Sorted by Common Name.

Gardens are an ever-evolving space; that’s part of what makes them so exciting! We hope that you will find something interesting to plant in your garden, whether through the plant list or by visiting in person.