Our winter 2021 issue is filled with informative articles about how extreme weather events impact pollinators. We also delve into enjoying a winter garden, how dahlias make the perfect pollinator magnet, and how to welcome self-seeding flowers into your landscape. Stingless bees, plants tricking their pollinators, and much more. Read the preview.

Artist Erin E. Hunter describes the creation of the pollinator wreath that graces our cover, an artwork that incorporates the flora and fauna of the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas. Learn how the Oregon Department of Transportation has created a vernal pool bank and the many pollinators visiting this habitat restoration project. Bill Johnson photographs the plethora of pollinators supping on his Virginia mountain mint. The Gardenlady C.L. Fornari invites us to enjoy the gaiety of party crashers in our garden. With a chemist, we dive into how plants are manipulating their floral visitors through chemical concoctions.


If you enjoyed our free excerpt, consider subscribing to gain access to all 104 pages. We bring you:

  • The bounty of dahlias, perfect for cut flowers and for feeding pollinators, if you plant the right variety
  • The Pollinator Pathway project that is connecting large stretches of habitat in New England
  • Attracting orchid bees with perfumed lures
  • Stingless bees
  • And so much more!
The intricate structure of a stingless bee nest, which expands in size as the colony grows


Two stingless bee scientists take us to a Brazilian farm, known as a fazenda in Portuguese, dedicated to an unusual purpose—the study and conservation of stingless bees. Its owner, the late Dr. Paulo Nogueira Neto (1922–2019), was a pioneer in stingless bee research and Brazilian environmentalism.

Stingless bees (or Meliponini) are not as well-known as their cousins, the honey bees and the bumble bees, but they are as interesting and play an equally important role in ecosystems as their more famous relatives. About 550 species of stingless bees have been described so far; many more still unknown species are likely to exist in the remote tropical areas around the globe.

The stunning flowers of sugarbush, found throughout the western cape of South Africa


The strongly-scented flowers of sugarbush (Protea spp.) found in the Western Cape of South Africa attract many different types of pollinators, from birds to elephant shrews. Researchers were surprised in 2015 when they discovered that meat-eating visitors also participate in the pollination of these plants.


Goldenrod is a critical pollinator plant in its native range in North America, but in Europe it can destroy important habitat. In North America about 300 native pests and parasites help control its distribution and spread. Especially in already rare and endangered nutrient-poor meadows, goldenrod suppresses native plants and disturbs the natural seed successionof the habitat in Europe.