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Create a Certified Home Pollinator Garden or Bee Lawn

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NDSU Extension Master Gardener Program is encouraging citizens to build new pollinator gardens and bee lawns or transform existing gardens and lawns! Your home, church, or garden club garden can be become a colorful oasis and nourish our bees and butterflies. You are eligible if you reside in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Montana and meet the guidelines in the application.

Click here to open a new browswer window containing our short application for a Home Pollinator Garden. You'll need to know the approximate square footage or your garden(s) and which native plants from our lists you have planted or plan to plant for season-long pollinator nourishment in spring, summer, and fall.

Click here to open the interest list for our Bee Lawn information and application. We are still "buzzy" building the application but will contact you when it is available. 

Learn more about pollinators and gardening in the Pollinators section of our website.

Our Impact

Since the program began in 2016 we've sent over 240 signs to MN, MT, ND, and SD public spaces and private residences, reaching 110 acres (4.7 million square feet) of designated pollinator-friendly garden space.

Take a virtual tour of home gardens by clicking on the house icons. Locate public sites to visit by clicking on the flower icons. Other public gardens can be viewed here.

Our Bee Lawn initiative, new in 2023 following several years of research, allows homeowners to plant a section of their lawn using the best seed mixes for our Upper Great Plains climate to create an insect friendly oasis. We cannot wait to see the lawns created!

Certified Home Pollinator Gardens