Register Now for July Pollinator Workshop & Garden Tour

Posted On June 11, 2018— Written By
Bumble bee on purple prairie clover.

Bumble bee on purple prairie clover. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a summer pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, July 11 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.starting at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center 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 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! View the slideshow.

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

Advance registration is required for this workshop. 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.

Register online for this workshop.