Register Now for Spring Pollinator Garden Workshops & Garden Tours

Posted On April 23, 2017— Written By
Spring in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spring in the pollinator garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Update on May 18: all workshops are full. Please email Debbie Roos to ask to be put on her email list to receive announcements about future workshops. I will be doing more pollinator gardening workshops in the fall.

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 24, Saturday June 3, AND Wednesday June 7, starting at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center 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. The garden is comprised of over 200 different species, 85% of which are native to 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.

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Space is limited so please register early to reserve your spot (they always fill up before the deadline!). The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes a CD of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants. Call 919-542-8244 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 24 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: FULL

Saturday, June 3 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.: FULL

Wednesday, June 7 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.: FULL