Assorted pollinator plants at the National Museum of Natural History Museum

April 7: Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat: Smithsonian Gardens to your Front Yard  

Speaker: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist with Smithsonian Gardens 

Smithsonian Gardens is a vibrant and vital part of the Smithsonian experience for more than 25 million annual visitors.  Additionally, the gardens are an oasis for many pollinator and bird species.  Wildlife habitat is of particular focus at the National Museum of Natural History, where you will find the Pollinator Garden and Urban Bird Habitat.  James will share the successes of these gardens and show beautiful images.  He will teach about native plants you can use in your own garden to support a healthy ecosystem for wildlife. 

Bio: James Gagliardi is a supervisory horticulturist with Smithsonian Gardens. He is responsible for the landscapes of the Freer, Castle, Haupt Garden, Rose Garden, and Ripley Garden.  He was previously the lead horticulturist for the National Museum of Natural History, which includes the Pollinator Garden and the Urban Bird Habitat. He is honored to be the editor of the Smithsonian’s first gardening book, Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location. James studied horticulture at the University of Connecticut and went on to earn a master’s degree from the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. He previously served as the horticulturist for River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Handout: For Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Pollinator and Wildlife Habitats
Latin Rundown

False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)
Scarlet Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus
‘Blaze Starr’)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin)
Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida
‘Jean’s Appalachian Snow’)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’)
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana ‘Canaertii’)
False Soloman’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens
‘Blanche Sandman’)
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’)
Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea
Songbird Mix)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’)
Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)
Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)
Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Giant’)
Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii)
Pink Muhlygrass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’)
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Pollination Investigation Posters

Bees, Bugs & Blooms – Pollinator Plant Trial Results
Pollinator Plant Trial at Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Additional Pollinator Resources