Let's Grow Native!

Pollinator Workshop and Nature Walk: Gardening for Native Bees

July 28 | 5 - 6 p.m. (pollinator walk), 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (workshop)

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Did you know that Minnesota has more than 400 species of native bees? And many of these bee species are in decline and need our help?

Burnsville residents are invited to join award-winning author Heather Holm for a fascinating discussion on the types of native bees that you can find in your backyard gardens, their life cycles and how you can select the best plants for them.

Prior to the workshop, you’re also invited to an hour-long pollinator walk led by Heather. Those wishing to attend the walk will meet in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. The group will walk to a nearby prairie where Heather will catch and identify common bee species. The walk will end at 6 p.m. and there will be a half hour break until the start of the workshop. The walk portion of the event is optional and may be canceled if the weather is poor. 

Heather Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist and author. Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants, and the natural history of native bees and wasps.

Why native plants? 

Native plants historically grew in this area and are adapted to the local climate and soil types. They are part of the local natural community and provide resources for wildlife. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities, unlike non-native plants such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.  

Want to see native plants in the City? Explore the many natural areas throughout Burnsville, and visit the Civic Center Prairie, a large-scale turf to prairie conversion (pictured). 

In the home garden, native plants provide the same environmental benefits, in addition to needing very little care once they establish. Growing interest has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.

Civic Center Prairie

Environmentally-friendly landscaping

Natural areas have many environmental benefits, but did you know your yard can make a difference too? 

Projects that benefit pollinators, water quality and wildlife include: 

  • Planting a native garden 
  • Converting turf to prairie (a.k.a. native planting) 
  • Creating a pollinator lawn
  • Installing a rain garden

Visit our resource page to find a project that is right for you!

Plant for pollinators

bumble bee on bee balm

Landscape for water quality

Shoreline restoration in progress

Provide habitat for birds

Cedar Waxwing