|Swallowtail butterflies love the clethra in my backyard|
Maybe you've read the book by Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home. In it Mr. Tallamy describes the importance of creating habitat for wildlife, including pollinators, at the edges of our own yards, in municipal parks, around farmland and other ecosystems.
|A great read for information on gardening for wildlife|
Others, including those in government, have recognized this need and encouraged additional studies and created task forces to implement pollinator friendly practices to get our bees, butterflies, birds, even bats, back up to the numbers needed to provide food to keep our planet healthy. President Obama has even issued a memorandum directing more native plantings around federal buildings and campuses.
We have had the pleasure of getting to know bee expert and entomologist Dr. Jody Johnson, who has helped us understand bees a little better. She will be giving a talk here at Valley View Farms on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00. Following her talk, at 11, Claire Jones, an award-winning landscaper, garden blogger and beekeeper will be here to talk about her experiences with creating habitat for pollinators right here in the Baltimore area. Both women are very knowledgeable and engaging and have an obvious love and fascination for the natural world.
Dr. Johnson's studies took her to the almond groves of California for a huge pollinator event.
|NPR and other media are covering the California almond pollinator story|
Claire will share her insights in a talk titled Sex in the Garden-Planting for Bees. I've gotten a sneak preview of her presentation and promise that attendees will walk away with a plan on how to create a beautiful and functional backyard habitat for pollinators.
|Claire Jones is at home in her own garden|
Children can get involved too! In fact, this year, we will be giving away 4,000 seed packets to kids featuring Lemon Queen Sunflowers as part of The Great Sunflower Project.
We are glad to share whatever resources we can, including the seminars, handouts and our signs, to aid in providing habitat for our wildlife friends.
|Bee a pollinator-friendly gardener|