Benjamin Spöth Design

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Pollinators Paradise

Garden Object

2011-2015

Pollinators Paradise is a modular garden-object that support certain kind of pollinators with places to breed, shelter, places to sleep and rest, and food. As you might allready know; more then one third of our food (such as fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts) is depending on pollination by insects. Main pollinators are honey bees, wild bees, bumblebees, wasps, certain species of flies and beetles. While their species and habitats are getting less, on the contrary, our continously growing population on planet earth is demanding more and more, space and food.



Pollinators Paradise at Groei & Bloei
Pollinators Paradise at Groei & Bloei
Pollinators Paradise at Groei & Bloei
Pollinators Paradise at Groei & Bloei





Pollinators Paradise in Keukenhof

A improved version of Pollinators Paradise exhibited in 2013 between March 20th and May 20th in Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands.

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Beetles, wasps, bees or moths...

...all are welcome in Pollinators’ Paradise, a modular garden fencing system to provide food and shelter to nature’s creepy crawlies. About one third of the food we eat is dependent on insects for pollination. Population levels of many important pollinators are seeing a steady decline due to monoculture and loss of habitat, primarily. Individual elements can be integrated into the structure to cater to specific species. There are hollow rods and twigs for nesting, hardy refuges for the winter and pots for flowering plants, guaranteeing a steady supply of nectar during the rest of the year.

Pollinators Paradise maquette 10/2011





More then one third of our food is depending on pollinators

Fruits:

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Cranberry
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Maracuja
  • Melon
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • ...

Vegetables (* = Fruits):

  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Cauliflower
  • Coffea
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Sprouts
  • Tomato
  • ...

Seeds:

  • Beans
  • Beet
  • Celery
  • Clover
  • Coriander
  • Mustard
  • Oilpalm
  • Onion
  • Sesame
  • Soybean
  • Sunflower
  • ...

Nuts:

  • Almond
  • Cashew
  • Chestnut
  • Cola nut
  • Hazelnut
  • Macadamia
  • ...

The most Important pollinators are:

  • Honey bees
  • Wild bees (* certain species of solitairy and communal bees)
  • Bumble bees
  • Wasps (* certain species)
  • Beetles (* certain species in certain areas)
  • Flies (* certain species)
  • Butterflies (* numerous species)
  • Moths (* numerous species)
  • Bats (* certain species in America and other tropical areas only)
  • Hummingbirds (* certain species in America only)
  • Other animals (* less then one percent)

Many negative influences impair pollinators, their plants and habitats:

  • Trends to monoculture
  • Loss of habitat
  • Disruption of habitats
  • Misuse of pesticides
  • Diseases
  • Parasites
  • Invasive animals
  • Invasive plants
  • Deforestation
  • Pollution
  • Climate change
  • Other influences
Pollinators Paradise poster 10/2012