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I plant a variety of native plants for Virginia such perennial flowers: flat top aster (Doellingeria umbellata), Joe Pye weed (Eupatorim maculatum) and native shrubs like common elder berry (Sambucus nigra, canadensis) as well as native milkweeds (Asclepias tuberosa / incarnata / syrica) that our native bees and other pollinators need. Many our our 4,000 species of native bees depend on certain native plants for food and breeding. Be sure to acquire plants from responsible growers who do not use pesticides. I would choose only true native plants, NOT cultivars or crossbred varieties, to ensure they deliver the greatest ecological benefit. Native plants are also attractive, and correctly se...

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Michael Reinemer ,
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It seems like the bees have a people problem.
If you really want to save the bees, do something about the people.

Mario Rubio Los Angeles, CA
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I have been a bee advocate for over a decade, converting our two-acre lot into an exurban bee sanctuary with pollinator gardens (grown from organic seeds) and a fountain. I have written hundreds of letters over the past 10 years to ban neonics, been a contributor to the Bumble Bee Project and take an active daily role in encouraging healthly bee, butterfly, bat and bird fitness and habitat with friends and family.

JL Charrier Wayzata, MN
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I removed the lawn in my front and back yard and replaced it with California native plants. No pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers and I cut my water use in half. I have more bees, butterflies and birds than ever before - my own little slice of paradise! Some of my neighbors have done the same and we're hoping more will follow suit. If everyone did a little to support local ecosystems and wildlife we could stop the rapid loss of biodiversity we are seeing everywhere.

r l San Jose, CA

This year I am planting Milkweed in a new garden behind our garage. I got a pack of seeds from the Science Museum of Minnesota when I went to see the film about the Monarch butterflies. The butterflies are also dying off. Both bees and butterflies seem to like the same flowers/weeds. I also have Sedum growing in one of my gardens and I'll be on the lookout for other bee-friendly plants to plant this year. If we all do just a little something it will help to save the bees. Where would we be without them??

Sharon Johnson Minneapolis, MN
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