Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Interested in Starting a Pollinator Garden?

These Pollinator Conservation Workshop and Garden Tours were offered on the Growing Small Farms listserve.  Check it out:

Registration deadline is Monday Sept. 24!

Note: I have had several requests for an early afternoon garden tour for folks coming in from far outside the county, so here it is!

If you want to attract more pollinators to your farm or garden, or if you just want to expand your perennial garden and provide resources for pollinators and other wildlife, then Chatham County Cooperative Extension has a workshop just for you, and just in time for the fall planting season! Learn how to create a pollinator paradise like the one found at Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro:

September 26 (Wednesday): Pollinator Conservation Workshop and Garden Tour from 5:30-7:30 pm

September 29 (Saturday): Pollinator Conservation Workshop and Garden Tour from 2:00-4:00 pm

(Same workshop offered twice to keep class size low and accommodate different schedules so please choose one)
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building 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 - just in time for fall planting - 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 include a tour of Cooperative Extension's demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Marketplace, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building (see The garden is comprised of ~140 different species and cultivars, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.
The deadline for registration is September 24. Registration forms must be RECEIVED by the deadline. Space is limited so please register early to reserve your spot. The cost of the workshop is $15 and includes a CD of resources. Call 919-542-8202 or email for more information. Visit the Growing Small Farms website at to download a registration form.

I hope to see you there!


Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

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