Pollinator Gardening Programs


5 Reasons to Plant Native Plants

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It is approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions. If you want a similar program that goes into more detail and discusses specific native plants and tips for incorporating them into your landscape, please consider my program Incorporating Native Plants into Your Backyard.

Description: Native plants are growing in popularity among homeowners and gardeners. In this program we’ll discuss 5 reasons why you should consider incorporating native plants into your landscape.

10 Tips for Attracting Pollinators

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1-1.25 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If necessary, I can adapt the program to fit in a 45 minute time period, but that will eliminate most of our question and discussion time. (This topic tends to generate lots of questions.) Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Pollinator gardens have grown in popularity in recent years. In this program, we’ll discuss tips for attracting pollinators to your garden and why it is important to keep these things in mind.

10 Ways to Help Save the Bees – Without Being a Beekeeper

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1-1.5 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If necessary, I can adapt the program to fit in a 45 minute time period, but that will eliminate most of our question and discussion time. (This topic tends to generate lots of questions.) Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Interest in bees and ways to help them has grown tremendously in recent years. The honey bee has served as the poster child for this movement and people often think that becoming a beekeeper is the best way to “help the bees.” However, there are many ways each of us can help save the bees without becoming a beekeeper. In this program, we’ll discuss 10 relatively easy things anyone can do to help the bees.

Botany for Beekeepers

Notes: This program was developed for beekeepers, but a more general audience may also be interested in the topic. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions. This program focuses on bigger-picture topics that will help you make an educated guess about whether honey bees are likely to use a given flower, even if you don’t know what that plant is. It does not provide a detailed list of plants that honey bees use or ones that you might want to consider planting for honey bees. If you are looking for a presentation that covers those topics, then you might want to consider Plants Honey Bees Use or Planting for Honey Bees.

Description: When it comes to honey bees, not all flowers are created equal. Learn why honey bees use some flowers and not others, why how much a honey bee uses a plant can vary across the plant’s range, and other basic botany related to honey bees. Instead of providing you with a list of specific plants that honey bees use, this presentation will help you make an educated guess as to whether honey bees might use any given flower, even if you don’t know what kind of plant it is.

Botany for Butterfly Enthusiasts

Notes: This program was developed for butterfly lovers. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions.

Description: When it comes to butterflies, not all flowers are created equal. Learn why butterflies use some flowers and not others, some of the amazing ways butterflies pollinate flowers, and other basic botany related to butterflies.

Creating an Eco-friendly Yard

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. The program is approximately 45 minutes to an hour long, including questions.

Description: The traditional image of a “perfect yard,” is a lush, well-manicured, heavily fertilized, weed-free expanse of solid green grass. However, more and more people are recognizing that this type of yard is not very ecologically friendly. In this program, we’ll discuss why the traditional “perfect yard” is not ecologically friendly and simple steps you can take to make your yard more eco-friendly.

Creating Space for Native Bees

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience; however, beekeepers also enjoy it. In order to do this topic justice, I prefer to have 1 – 1.25 hours for this program, plus time for questions. (Due to the popularity of bees, this topic tends to generate lots of questions. For example, one of my virtual presentations of this program ended up generating an hour and a half of questions and discussions after I finished my program.) If you want a similar, but shorter program, please consider my program Native Bee Diversity. If you wanted to do a 2-part session, with the first part being my Native Bee Diversity program and the second part being a 45-minute version of Creating Space for Native Bees, then that would also be doable. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: There are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., all with diverse and fascinating life histories. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Unlike honey bees which live in huge colonies that can have 30,000 – 60,000 individuals, our native bees are either solitary or live in small colonies of only a few hundred individuals. This makes them ideal for people who want to “help the bees” or increase pollination on their property, but aren’t interested in becoming a beekeeper. We’ll discuss multiple ways that you can encourage native bees and create a bee-friendly space around your home or landscape.

Honey Bees, Native Bees, and Creating a Bee-Friendly Landscape

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience; however, beekeepers also enjoy it. In some cases, local beekeeping and master gardening groups have had a joint meeting for me to present this program to both groups. This program is one that often gets lots of questions. In order to allow plenty of time for questions and conversations, I prefer to have 1.25 – 1.5 hours for this program. I can do it in an hour if necessary, but that leaves no time for questions. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Bees are fascinating and widely diverse creatures with many different behaviors and life histories. Our most widely recognized bee, the honey bee, is native to Europe. However, there are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., most of which are not nearly as familiar as the honey bee, nor as well studied. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Join us to learn about honey bees, some of our local native bees, and ways that you can encourage bee populations on your property by creating a bee-friendly landscape.

Incorporating Native Plants into Your Backyard

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1.25-1.5 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If you want a similar, but shorter program, please consider my program 5 Reasons to Plant Native Plants. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Native plants are growing in popularity among homeowners and gardeners. Not only are native plants adapted to our crazy weather and soils, they also provide valuable food and resources for pollinators and songbirds. In this class we’ll discuss why native plants can be important additions to your garden, things to consider when purchasing and planting native plants, some native plants you might want to consider for your yard, and the pollinators or other wildlife that use those plants.

Native, Exotic, Invasive, and Aggressive Plants: What are they and why does it matter?

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It is approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions.

Description: The terms native, exotic, invasive, and aggressive are often used to describe different types of plants, but what do the terms really mean? We’ll dig into the definitions of each type of plant and discuss their different ecological impacts.

Native Plants for Attracting Butterflies

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: We’ll learn how to use native plants to attract butterflies to your pollinator garden, including which plants are important hosts for caterpillars. We will also discuss some native plants that you might want to consider planting.

Planting for Honey Bees

Notes: This presentation has multiple variations. One variation is for beekeepers and a second variation is for gardeners or others who want to plant specifically for honey bees. The beekeeper variation can be tailored towards people who want to plant a “typical” yard or towards people who have a few acres to plant for honey bees. This talk usually takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me which variation you are interested in having presented and how much time will be available.

Description: The specific plants honey bees use and how much they use those plants can vary greatly depending on location and what else is blooming at the same time. We will begin by covering some basic concepts to consider when planting for honey bees and how to apply those concepts to your own property. We will end by discussing some of the plants that I might choose to plant and why I might consider those plants.

Planting for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Notes: This presentation was developed for a general audience. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me how much time will be available.

Description: Different types of pollinators have different habitat requirements, and not all plants attract all pollinators equally. We will discuss the many different types of pollinators that you can attract to your gardens and some of the things to keep in mind when planting for pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. We will also discuss some native plants that you might want to consider in your pollinator garden.