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10 flowers to attract bees and butterflies

Here's how to create a pollinator oasis in your own backyard.

You may have heard that bee and some butterfly populations, particularly monarchs, are declining around the world. This affects us all because fruit, vegetables, nuts — and even coffee and coco — need to be pollinated. Habitat loss and pesticide use have been blamed for the decrease of pollinators. Planting a garden with lots of native species and other pollen-rich flowers is a good way to support bees and butterflies. Here’s ten ways to get started:

Sarah Nixon is an urban flower farmer and floral designer in Toronto. Since 2002 her flower company, My Luscious Backyard, has sustainably grown over 50 varieties of cut flowers in a micro-farm in many residential yards in Toronto’s downtown west side.