Take Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Plant for Pollinators Challenge

Posted May 19, 2021

CINCINNATI (May 19, 2021) – Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden launched its Plant for Pollinators Challenge, presented by Simple Truth, two years ago to encourage garden enthusiasts and novices to add pollinator-friendly plants to their landscapes. The initial goal was for 500 people to plant and register their gardens.  As of today, almost 2000 gardens have been registered!

“We’re thrilled that so many people are participating in the challenge and helping to make our planet a better place,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard.  “As the Greenest Zoo in America®, we’re serious about sustainability and want to facilitate conservation action in our community. A single plant can beautify a patio and benefit wildlife!”

It’s easy to participate in the challenge. If you don’t have a garden/space, you can plant a few pots on a windowsill, create a garden for a friend or family member, or plant around your building at work.  Take these three easy steps: 1) Plan your garden. 2) Choose the best plants. 3) Register your garden and order an optional yard sign.

“The Zoo is working to build a better home for wildlife all over the world as well as right here in Cincinnati,” said Maynard. “Pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are responsible for 1 out every 3 bites of food we eat, so protecting them benefits all of us.”

An overarching goal of the Plant for Pollinators Challenge is to build confidence in people who may not have experience with gardening and provide them with the resources and support they need to be successful. Cincinnati Zoo’s horticulture team has a wealth of plant proficiency and is eager to share it with new and seasoned gardeners alike.