Pollinator Garden Planner
Over the past decade, scientists and the public have become more aware of declines in the health of managed honey bees, as well as populations of wild bees such as bumble bees. To help counteract these declines, many programs encourage individuals to install “pollinator gardens.” These habitats draw on lists of recommended, perennial plants that provide pollen and nectar for bees. Although these habitats can be effective, we have noted that garden design remains a barrier for many individuals, who are unsure how to create a beautiful garden using recommended pollinator plants.
To overcome this barrier, we are developing a web-based garden visualization app that helps users map recommended plants into a garden space, visualize the virtual planting, and check it against recommended design criteria prior to installation.
Students in the NCSU Computer Science Senior Design Center have made great progress developing the app, and we are currently seeking funds to complete the software and commission additional plant illustrations.
The pilot version of the app includes nine plants (out of ~300 to appear in the final version). See a video of filtering and searching for plants, then dragging them into a garden plan:
Video of switching between the layout and side-view visualization of a garden:
Credits: Plant illustrations by Lucia Barrett. Programming by Noel Drotor, Tammy Le, Kevin Bartushak, Carolyn Thompson, Henry Walsh, Michael Canziani, Daniel Moody, and Jason Benckert in the NCSU Computer Science Senior Design Center. Collaborators: Danesha Seth Carley, Sarah Heckman, Anne Spafford, Lucy Bradley.