Planting Guides

Eastern Vancouver Island


Western Vancouver Island


Regional lists of native plants for pollinators. Information on pollinators, and planting and managing guidelines. For homeowners, farmers, and land managers.

Gulf Islands

Ecoregional Planting Guide Georgia-Puget Basin

Short Guides

Pollinator Partnership: Eastern Vancouver Pocket Guide Selecting Plants for Pollinators (pdf)


Saanich Native Plants: Inviting Pollinators to Your Garden (pdf)


Saanich Native Plants: Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden (pdf)


LifeCycles: Make a Bee-Happy Garden (pdf)


LifeCycles: Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides (pdf)


Habitat Acquisition Trust: Pollinators: Protection and Stewardship (pdf)


Selecting Plants for Pollinators (pdf)


Identification and Citizen Science

Insight App Pollinator Monitoring

Border Free Bees Quick Category ID


Use this guide with the BFB Insight Citizen Scientist Monitoring App 

Insight Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring App


Click on the picture and start using the App!

Common Bee Identification Pocket Guide for Southern Vancouver Island (pdf)


University Talks & Resources

UBC's: The Pollinizing Sessions


A series of talks and workshops to learn about pollinators. Click on the link to learn more about bumble bees and other native bees and insects, about which plants can best support them, about pollinators’ importance to agriculture, and ways to build and support habitat for them.  

Pollination Ecology Lab @ SFU


Information on the pollinators of Southern BC, including the pollinator groups and habitat restoration for pollinators.  

Video Outreach


This resource provides the link to several videos produced with the input from SFU scientist, Elizabeth Elle, on pollinators, food security, and the current issues surrounding the 'pollinator crisis'.  

Bee Friendly Farming


Certify Your Farm as Bee Friendly!

Bee Friendly Farming helps bees and biodiversity. Increase pollination and crop yields, enhance natural pest control and reduce input costs. Find out how to certify your farm and market your products as Bee Friendly.

Find out more

Don't Have a Farm?

Add your bee-friendly garden, small or large, to the North American SHARE map! Help us get to 1 MILLION pollinator gardens.

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DIY Bee Homes

About Bumble Bees and Building Boxes


A short guide about bumble bees and building aritificial nest boxes. Border Free Bees

Advice on Building Bumble Boxes


Technical details for design and set up of bumble bee homes by Luc Pelletier & Ralph Cartar, U of C

Mason Bee Homes


Make homes for mason bees and other tunnel nesting bees. Border Free Bees

Teacher Resources

LifeCycles Growing Schools Program: Native Pollinator Workshops


The intention of this curriculum package is to reveal the diversity of pollinators  native to Vancouver Island as well as their diverse habitats. The lesson plans also review what  pollination is and why it is important. 

Coming Soon: Pollinator Partnership Canada's School Garden Kit


Coming soon


Teacher Resources - Downloads

LifeCycles Native Pollinator Workshop K-Gr.1 (pdf)


LifeCycles Native Pollinator Workshop Grade 2 & 3 (pdf)


Useful Links

Pollinator Partnership (Information and guides):

Habitat Aquisition Trust (local conservation programs, information, guides):

Saanich Native Plants (Local source for local native plants/seeds):

CRFAIR (Local food security programs and info):

Victoria Natural History Society (Local consevation programs, talks, field trips):

Victoria Master Gardeners (Events, information, planting guides):

Victoria Horticultural Society (Gardening education and support):

Lifecycles (Local food programs and resources):

Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (Gardens, plant sales, programs and classes):

BC Farms & Food (local e-magazine and farm map):

Border Free Bees (Resources, inspiration, citizen science):

Victory Gardens for Bees (blog, pictures, info, book):

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Information, guides, books):

Photo credits: Flower meadow and bumble bee, Kristen Miskelly. Native bee apiary, Border Free Bees