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Creating Pollinator Gardens

Creating Pollinator Gardens

Published: April 10, 2018

Spring in Catawba County promises a riot of color, fragrance, and display. From full-blown cottage gardens to remnant daffodils along the roadside, there’s plenty of evidence of seasonal beauty locally.

If you’d like to boost the visual appeal of your own yard or garden, make sure to come hear Dr. George Place’s informative presentation on flowers, shrubs, and pollinator gardens, the next focus in the Advanced Gardener series. This collaboration between the Library and the Cooperative Extension brings folks a monthly dose of fascinating botanical science and practical gardening advice.

This time, participants will get terrific tips on ensuring that different colored blooms are available throughout the year. By learning about plant varieties and bloom times, attendees will gain a better grasp of what to expect from their own landscape, along with how to cultivate the best plants for our growing zone here in Catawba County.

In addition, the talk will offer suggestions on attracting pollinators to the landscape, whether that’s bees, birds, bats, butterflies, or more. Different creatures are better adapted to different plants, so by being strategic in what you include in your garden, you can change the appeal to the specific insect or animal visitor.

If you’re new to the concept of pollinator gardens, bring your questions, and if you’ve tried to nurture plants with varying degrees of success, be prepared to share your trials and challenges. Dr. Place will help troubleshoot your issues and guide you to more effective practices.

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm at the Newton library and Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm at the Maiden branch.

The Advanced Gardener series is designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, pleasure, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Stay tuned for May’s session: Vegetable Gardening for a Resilient Community.