Two Pollinator Garden Tours in October!

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The painted ladies have been all over the asters! This one is a smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Bluebird’). Photo by Debbie Roos.

The month of October presents two opportunities to learn about creating pollinator habitat! On Wednesday October 11 at 5:00 p.m. AND Saturday October 14 at 2:00 p.m., Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. It features over 200 unique species of plants, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. These plants were all procured from local nurseries!

Garden tour participants will also learn about the nesting habitat for ground nesting and cavity nesting bees at the garden!

No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace a few minutes before the start of the tour, rain or shine! The garden is looking great and has over 55 different species in bloom this week.

Visit the pollinator garden website at!

You can view photos of the garden on Extension’s Growing Small Farms website.

The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.

The “What’s in Bloom” section of the garden website features snapshots of the garden as well as photos of all the plants currently in bloom.

These are the last public tours of 2017, so if you have been thinking about coming, this is your chance!

 I hope to see you there!

Goldenrod, little bluestem, and sedum.

Goldenrod, little bluestem, and sedum. Photo by Debbie Roos.