Native pollinator conservation in urban residential gardens

The Tonietto Lab at the University of Michigan-Flint is focused on native pollinator conservation in urban and restored systems. Based on Dr. Tonietto’s previous work and in partnership with the community, The Porch Project provided two pollinator-friendly garden types, one with native plants (e.g., bee balm, Black-eyed Susan, coneflower) and one with non-native plants that are commonly used in front yard gardens in the Midwest (e.g., rose bushes, hosts, lilies).

Dr. Tonietto and her students received grant funds through the University of Michigan-Flint to supply the plants, mulch and garden borders, along with requisite gardening equipment across over 20 homes in Flint in 2018. She and her students planted the gardens and will continue to visit them over multiple seasons to monitor the pollinators supported by them.

In the first season, they completed over 1,200 minutes of observations and recorded hundreds of visits by native pollinators!