Interconnected: Why Native Insects Depend on Native Landscapes

April 1, 2020

Alonso Abugattas, Natural Resources Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation of Arlington, Virginia, was the featured speaker at All Hallows Guild’s Annual Meeting in November. Mr. Abugattas helped us understand how important even small native landscapes and gardens can be. 

Native plants attract and feed and provide shelter for native pollinators, since both have evolved together in a geographic area.

In the natural world, everything is connected, and realizing this gives us all the power on a small scale to enhance the natural world. This excerpt from Mr. Abugattas’s presentation shows you the amazing ability of plant species to support countless pollinators and other helpful insects – indeed, Nature’s Puzzle pieces fitting together.

In this current time of anxiety about Covid-19, social distancing, and self-quarantine, many of us may seek solace in the natural world. Using the suggestions for native species in the tables below for planting our gardens can help both our own mental health and our environment at the same time.


All Hallows Guild was founded in 1916 to provide for the care and beautification of the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. The Guild works closely with the horticultural staff to preserve this historic landscape and raises funds for renovation and renewal of the gardens.


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