Register Now for Spring Pollinator Garden Workshops & Garden Tours

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Spring in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spring in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer three spring pollinator conservation workshops and garden tours as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Saturday May 21, 2016 AND Monday, June 6, 2016 starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small. 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 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 180 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.

Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata) grown by local nursery Mellow Marsh Farm to take home to plant for pollinators! These species are 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.

I decreased the class size based on feedback from past workshops. Class size is now limited to 20 people so the tour is not too crowded. I added an additional workshop to accommodate demand.

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Space is limited so please register early to reserve your spot. The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes a CD of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants. Call 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos for more information. To register, download the registration form for the workshop you want to attend and mail with your check.

Choose a workshop:

Wednesday, May 18 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.: FULL! 

Saturday, May 21 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.: FULL! 

Monday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: FULL!