Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

May 01, 15 Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

EVENT DATE: May. 15, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM 

An eco-friendly container garden class has been set for Friday, May 15 at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden, off of Ellis Road in Griffin, Georgia.

Experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the University of Florida will teach this hands-on class based on research from both universities.

Participants will learn how to create a garden that attracts pollinating insects, like bees and butterflies. These gardens are also designed to attract and sustain beneficial insects, thus reducing the need for pesticides. Attendees will also learn how to build a refuge for pollinating insects to encourage them to return and spend time in the garden.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and includes a tour of the garden’s own pollinator garden, the UGA Conservation and Demonstration Garden. Workshop attendees can become part of a new, citizen-science project and contribute to ongoing research at UGA Griffin.

A 14-inch container garden, refreshments and lunch are included in the $49 registration fee. Space is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required by Wednesday, May 6.

Contact Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214 or bhorne@uga.edu to register. The workshop is sponsored by the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture.

Celosia is one of many flowering plants that attract beneficial pollinating insects. Other flowering plants the attract beneficial insects include aster, butterfly weed, coneflower, cosmos, rudbeckia, sunflower and zinnias. Image credit: Sharon Dowdy.

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