Living in the Dunes, Volume 2: A Homeowner's Guide to Pollinator Garden Landscaping in Indiana's Coastal Communities

Monday - Pollinator Guide Cover - Photo by Susan Kirt

Save the Dunes is thrilled to announce the completion of our long-awaited Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide for Indiana's Coastal Communities - Volume 2 of our Living in the Dunes series!

Pollinator Week Virtual Program Series, June 21 - 25, 2021

We unveiled the guide and brought it to life during Pollinator Week- a global event each June designed to raise awareness about the perils facing pollinators and to provide tools and resources that empower us to help them thrive in our landscapes. Our Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide does just that by providing rich content on the diverse ecosystems, incredible pollinator species, and beautiful native plants found throughout Northwest Indiana, template garden designs suitable for regional landscaping, gorgeous illustrations of seasonal changes in a pollinator garden, stunning photographs, resources and more!

Each evening of Pollinator Week, we went live on Facebook to deliver some facinating presentations! On day one, we showcased the entirety of the Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide, and Tuesday through Thursday we brought the Guide to life with presentations featuring our Expert Advisory Committee. On Friday we wrapped things up by discussing regional pollinator conservation efforts we are engaged in with our partners - work that is strengthened with each and every pollinator garden planted in our home landscapes.

If you were unable to catch the Pollinator Week Virtual Program Series that we presented live on our Facebook page this June, then you are in luck. We recorded each presentation, and have them posted here for you to enjoy again and again! The full schedule and recordings are below - we hope you will join us to learn more about how you too can be an advocate and protector of our precious pollinators!

Monday - Pollinator Guide Cover - Photo by Susan Kirt

Photo by Susan Kirt

Day One: Save the Dunes’ Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide Unveiling

*Living in the Dunes: A homeowner’s guide to pollinator garden landscaping in Indiana’s Coastal Communities featuring Victoria Wittig, Ph.D. of Save the Dunes

The Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide provides rich content on the diverse ecosystems, incredible pollinator species and beautiful native plants found throughout Northwest Indiana. It builds on this information by offering six ecosystem-themed template garden designs suitable for regional landscaping. The Guide also features original illustrations of seasonal changes in a pollinator garden that will fill any gardener with inspiration and excitement about possibilities that await. Stunning photographs contributed by our Expert Advisory Committee showcase the majesty of our native pollinators, plants and their close associations. This comprehensive Guide - Volume 2 in the Living in the Dunes series - provides the tools and inspiration to transform the everyday gardener into a powerful protector of native pollinators at home.

Day Two: Developing Pollinator Habitat in Your Home Garden

*Essential Elements of a Pollinator Garden featuring Karl Ackerman of Wild Ones Gibson Woods Chapter

Designing a native garden can be made easier, more successful and wonderfully rewarding by incorporating key features and applying sound conservation practices. This presentation will provide an overview of what makes a native garden thrive for you, your environment and your local pollinators.

Tuesday - Template by Hitchcock Design Group

Template by Hitchcock Design Group

*Bringing Nature Home: Your Garden Makes a Difference featuring Eric Bird of Shirley Heinze Land Trust

In a developed landscape, natural areas are separated by roads, utility corridors, agricultural land, and residential neighborhoods – all potential barriers to the movement of animals, and the plants they depend on. Native plants in any of these settings can provide safe passage between areas of natural habitat for important pollinators and seed dispersers, giving the “web of life” a “web” of habitat to live in. Native plants provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. You can support healthy natural ecosystems by landscaping with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and by avoiding the use of invasive species that spread into our precious natural habitats.

Wednesday - Photo by Susan Kirt

Photo by Susan Kirt

Day Three: Pollinator Experts Speak

*Native Bee Research at the Indiana Dunes National Park featuring Desi-Robertson-Thompson, Ph.D. of Indiana Dunes National Park

This presentation will discuss the importance and incredible diversity of native bees in the region and share current research efforts underway to help understand how best to conserve them.

*Pollinator Projects at Indiana Nature LLC featuring Steve Sass and Amanda Smith of Indiana Nature LLC. 

Pollinator week wouldn’t be complete without spotlighting Lepidoptera! Many of our moths and butterflies provide important pollination roles in our ecosystem as well as provide food resources for the food web. Join Steve Sass and Amanda Smith as they explain the Lepidoptera connection to pollination and outline their popular Great American Indiana Nature Lepidoptera Project (GAINLP) and information on how to observe and report sightings of these important insects.

Day Four: Pollinator Art, Photography and Culture

*Photographing Pollinators featuring Susan Kirt of Susan Kirt Photography

Explore the unseen world around you through macro photography, capturing close-up images of pollinators in action in our gardens and local preserves.

Thursday - Illustration by Barb Spies Labus

Illustration by Barb Spies Labus

*Cultural Connections at the East Chicago Monarch Festival featuring Joel Perez of The Nature Conservancy

The Monarch’s migration is one of the most incredible events here in North America that has captivated people for centuries. The East Chicago Monarch Festival celebrates the journey and migration of the Monarch butterfly with music, dance, arts, food and tons of learning opportunities on the Monarch and other pollinators.

*Seasonal Pollinator Garden Illustrations in Volume 2 of the Living in the Dunes Guide featuring Barb Spies Labus, Artist/Illustrator

Sometimes inspiration and a connection to nature is derived from art! This segment will provide insight into what goes into creating illustrations of native species and landscapes.


Photo by Steve Barker

Day Five: Landscape-Scale Pollinator Habitat Conservation

*Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project overview featuring Katie Hobgood of Save the Dunes, and partners Desi Robertson-Thompson, Ph.D. of Indiana Dunes National Park, Steve Barker of NIPSCO, and Eric Bird of Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Our final presentation will give you an inside look at one of our landscape-scale restoration projects, which focuses on improving pollinator habitat by increasing connectivity within our region. Our project partners will share why this work is so important, and how you can build upon their efforts by supporting pollinators in your own garden.

Want a copy of our guide? We know you do!

Access a digital copy of Save the Dunes’ New Pollinator Garden Landscaping Guide by clicking below.

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