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Pollinators Paradise in Keukenhof

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


[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

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[Pollinators Paradise design-model 10/2012] [Download in high resolution]



Pollinators Paradise / garden object / 2011-2012

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 was exhibited at the Graduation Show of the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands, between 20th and 28th October 2012.



[Photo: Angela de Vlaming] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Angela de Vlaming] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]

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[Photo: Benjamin Spth] [Download in high resolution]



Beetles, wasps, bees or moths:

all are welcome in Pollinators Paradise, a modular garden fencing system to provide food and shelter to natures 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]



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