Pollinator Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 (6:30-7:30 pm)
In collaboration with the Villages of Sunbury and Galena, this “buzz-worthy” workshop will feature wildlife expert Marci Lininger who will share what native plants help pollinators in residential settings. Marci, who previously worked as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist and educator at Central Ohio Technical College and the National Audubon Society Grange Insurance Audubon Center, now serves as an ODOT environmental coordinator assessing and mitigating potential environmental impacts associated with transportation projects. Bob Molter, a citizen volunteer with the Village of Galena’s Bee City USA initiative, will also share information regarding the conservation of pollinators.
So, why is it important to install native plants in your flower gardens or landscaping? Not only do these plants beautify your home but they also help our small pollinator friends and even improve water quality. The Villages of Sunbury and Galena decided to make the theme, “Taking Root for Clean Water” their 2020 focus for improving water quality and controlling stormwater. Installing plants can help reduce the velocity of stormwater, increase water absorption in soils, and decrease soil erosion – all of which improve water quality.
Did you know that approximately 35% of the world’s food crops require pollinators? These crops include potatoes, onions, beets, watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries, apples, avocados, and tomatoes. Imagine your world without these tasty vegetables and fruits. Pollinators around the world are in decline, principally due to habitat loss. Thus, providing our pollinator friends with food and shelter helps us all.
We invite you to join us for this fun and insightful one-hour workshop, as we all have a role to play in the conservation of our natural resources while improving home landscaping.