Plant for Pollinators The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is embracing pollinator conservation through our Plant for Pollinators program. From butterflies and bees to hummingbirds and moths, pollinators are vital to the health of our environment. They also pollinate a third of the world’s crops and are critical to our agricultural system. Food connects all of us, and we have pollinators to thank for keeping our bellies full. The Zoo is working to boost pollinator populations, which are in severe decline worldwide, right here in our own community. At Bowyer Farm, our 600-acre property in Warren County, we are propagating pollinator-friendly plants, restoring pollinator habitat, and helping out honeybees through bee-keeping. Our Horticulture team conducts trials to determine which plants benefit pollinators most in our region and partner with growers and local garden centers to promote and sell these selections as the Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators line. They also work with communities to establish pollinator gardens in public spaces. Hummingbird (Photo: Brian Jorg) And we invite you to join us in increasing pollinator habitat in Cincinnati by taking the Plant for Pollinators Challenge. You can provide beautiful, vital habitat and enjoy colorful blooms all season that bring many beautiful butterflies to your yard. It’s easy to do. Whether planting just a few pots or a larger garden, you can do real conservation at home to support our pollinator friends as they do their job to keep our environment healthy. Together, we can make a big difference for our littlest friends and most important neighbors!