Pollinators are attracted to gardens in a variety of ways. Color and color patterns in a pollinator garden are one of the top drivers of these visitors to your plants.
Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK worked with scientists in the field of artificial intelligence to create an online tool that helps with planning a pollinator garden with just the right plants. The project was adopted by Experiments With Google.
You will need to answer a few questions and then the AI will come up with a plant list and layout that fits with your replies.
The geography base map for the tool only has choices for locations in western Europe but I imagine that users in any location will be able to get at least a few ideas from the suggested layouts and plant lists that are produced. At the worst, you’ll have fun playing with the garden builder tool!
To give it a try, visit the Pollinator Pathmaker.
After your garden artwork is created and you are happy with the results, you can view the garden and plants from different angles by moving your mouse around the screen. Use the slider to see the garden in different seasons throughout the year. Using the tools at the bottom you can turn on plant names, download a plant list. Toggle the Pollinator Vision button to see the garden as a pollinator would see it.
Finally, you can download a plant list of what is in the artwork along with planting layout and instructions.
The site may not be appropriate for your specific location if you are outside of the EU but it sure is a fun way to pass the time and learn about how pollinators see the world at the same time!
To see the details of the garden in the photo that accompanies this blog post, visit: https://pollinator.art/?id=7vkZzT7iLD6rgaq9AjdL6v