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The Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Mass Pollinator Network (NOFA/Mass) co-present:
 “Leave the Leaves – Fall Clean Up to Support Overwintering Pollinators”
with Larri Cochran, Master Gardener
When: October 5th, 2022 at 7 PM
Where: Online via Zoom
Registration: Reserve your spot by clicking this link! $10 for Berkshire Botanical Garden Members / $12 for non-members. All proceeds will benefit the Mass Pollinator Network – thank you for your support!
Event Description:
As the growing season comes to an end in New England, gardeners and homeowners race to “clean up” fallen leaves and dying-back plants from their gardens and lawns. But all those things that humans have been taught to see
as  “debris” are, in fact, an important part of Nature’s cycle of life. Fallen leaves and retreating plants provide critical safe harbor, nesting places and even nutrients for our native pollinators, insects, birds and other wildlife.
This talk will focus on those butterflies, moths, and bees who quietly overwinter in our gardens and what we need to do to support them – while still keeping our gardens & properties aesthetically pleasing. We’ll finish by talking about
things that can still be planted in early October to support next Spring’s early emerging pollinators.
More about our speaker:
Larri Cochran offers consulting & design services for sustainable gardens and habitats which support pollinators, other native animal species and native plants. She teaches design workshops throughout the region
and designs/manages habitats for clients in both urban and rural settings. She has a certificate in horticulture from Berkshire Botanical Garden, is a Landscape for Life Trainer,  co-directs the Northampton Community Garden
and is currently co-president of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

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