Register Now for Spring Pollinator Workshops & Garden Tours

Posted On April 24, 2018— Written By
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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 23, Saturday June 2, AND Tuesday June 5, 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 210 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 flash drive of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants. Call 919-542-8244 or email Debbie Roos for more information.

To register, click on the link below for the workshop you want to attend – you will have the option to pay on-line or by mail. You are not registered until we receive payment so paying on-line is quicker.

Choose a workshop:

Wednesday, May 23 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. – FULL 

Saturday, June 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. –  FULL 

Tuesday, June 5 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. –  FULL 

All three workshops are full as of May 7. I will be offering them again in the fall. In the meantime, click here to view the schedule for the Pollinator Garden Tours.