The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Bloom Box program has received the 2021 Program Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association.
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, a network supported by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, established Bloom Box in 2016 to get ready-to-plant pollinator plants to homes, schools, parks and other private and public lands. Its purpose is to educate about how to plant habitat for pollinators; distribute personally curated groups of plants for landscapes of varying sizes and conditions; and make gardening more accessible and doable for people who want to help the environment.
Through the program:
- 852 water-wise, pollinator-friendly gardens have been planted
- 25,299 native plants have been distributed
- 153 communities and 57 schools have planted landscapes designed with pollinators in mind
- more than 82,000 square feet of land have been devoted to more sustainable, pollinator-friendly landscaping
“The Bloom Box program has been enthusiastically embraced by Nebraska gardeners since its beginning in 2016,” said Mark Brohman, executive director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery, which helped fund the program. “Receiving this award confirms its value as a model for increasing pollinator habitat nationwide.”
The award was granted by the American Public Gardens Association for innovative programs modeling education, conservation, sustainability and outreach.