Collecting floral data

Instructions for completing floral surveys
  1. Print out a floral survey data sheet, or use your smartphone to directly fill out our floral survey submission form.
  2. Record the address of the I-Pollinate garden and the date.
  3. Record the health of your garden.
  4. Select one of the descriptions of how far other flowering plants are from the edge of your I-Pollinate garden.
  5. Count the number of blooming floral varieties in your yard.
    • A floral variety is a flower of a unique species and color. For example, if you have pink, orange, and yellow zinnias in bloom they would be considered 3 different floral varieties.
    • Only count varieties that are currently in bloom.
  6. Select one of the descriptions of the floral abundance nearby your yard.
    • If you live in a rural area with no close neighbors, consider the floral abundance within a 100 yards of your I-Pollinate garden.
    • Examples of low floral abundance are areas dominated by grass with sparsely planted flowers like in many suburban and urban areas and golf courses.
    • Examples of high floral abundance are neighboring large gardens meant to attract pollinators such as those made by master gardeners or a nearby prairie.
  7. Walk around your garden and describe which plants are most attractive to pollinators.
    • Observe flowers that aren’t in your I-Pollinate garden including weedy species.
    • List the 5 most attractive floral varieties and the approximate number of blooming flowers in your yard. Record both species and color.
    • Record only highly attractive varieties. If there are less than 5 attractive varieties record N/A in remaining rows.
  8. Add any additional notes you think may be important.
  9. Submit your data through our floral survey submission form.