Tuesday, Jan. 31st: Pollinator-Friendly Garden Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Horticulture Educator
Pollinators are responsible for the diversity of plant life & our food, & gardeners of all levels can adopt practices that help pollinators thrive. However, engaging with these important creatures through creating beneficial landscapes also helps to strengthen our sense of connection with nature (biophilia) & our understanding of the natural world while positively affecting these important insects. Join UMN Extension horticulture educator, Julie Weisenhorn, as she tells the story of pollinators from a landscape & plant selection standpoint & presents some practical options to help us make this world a better place for these valuable insects in our own gardens.
Wednesday, Feb. 1st: Bee Lawns- James Wolfin, Conservation Specialist
Bee lawns aim to integrate low-growing flowers into low-input turfgrass lawns to provide food for pollinators. They also help to conserve natural resources, as they require significantly less water, fertilizer, and mowing as compared to a traditional lawn. This presentation will examine the role of lawns in our culture, how lawns can be modified to protect pollinators & conserve natural resources, and the steps residents can take to easily install a bee lawn themselves.
Thursday, Feb. 2nd: Navigating Natives: Tools and Resources for Starting a Pocket Prairie- Sam Talbot, UMN Extension Educator, Dakota County
Native plants provide a wide range of benefits & can easily be incorporated into your backyard garden. Sam will draw from his experience restoring habitat in Dakota County Parks to discuss the benefits & challenges associated with planting natives in the landscape. He’ll highlight some of the tools and resources available, as well as opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteer opportunities in Dakota County. Topics will include propagation methods, plantings, & species considerations.
1:30-2:30 pm each afternoon