Due to Demand, We Added Another Pollinator Garden Workshop & Garden Tour!

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Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s September 25 Pollinator Gardening Workshop filled up early with 40 people so we added a second workshop in time for fall planting!

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and – just in time for fall planting – how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. The garden is comprised of 140 different species and cultivars, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.

I have partnered with Chatham County’s Mellow Marsh Farm to be able to offer each workshop participant several perennial butterfly weed plants (Asclepias tuberosa) to take home to plant for pollinators! This species is great for both bees and monarch butterflies.

Take a virtual tour of the pollinator garden to see how it progresses through the seasons! Click here to view the slideshow.

I created a website just for the pollinator garden with lots of educational resources which you can visit here on the Growing Small Farms website.

Visit the workshop section of the Growing Small Farms website for complete details and to download a registration form.

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Photo of Debbie RoosDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduChatham County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 20, 2013
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