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Improving Pollinator Habitat at Home: A Two-Part Online Event

Pollinator Garden in Bloom
May 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Anywhere, MA

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)




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Do you want to create a garden that is inviting and nourishing, for people and pollinators alike?  In this workshop with Dan Jaffe, co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and longtime ecological horticulturist, we will focus on successful methods for creating habitats for pollinators and beneficial insects in the landscapes where we live and work.  

Join us on May 14th and 16th from 6:00pm to 7:30 for this two-part, interactive online event to learn all about:

  • Why designing for pollinator health builds resiliency in our local ecosystem
  • Design components that should be considered in every garden
  • Which flower shapes and colors attract insects and how to provide for pollinators across the growing season
  • Plants and other features that provide a variety of habitats for beneficial insects
  • Perennial, low-maintenance plants that are resistant to diseases and pests 

When we design our gardens for increased pollinator habitat, specifically with the addition of perennial plants that add diversity, we also increase the overall resilience of the gardens.  With many populations of pollinator species on the decline, it is important to build buffers and organic landscapes that can provide refuge for a variety of organisms. With a bit of knowledge and a selection of low-maintenance native plants, you can create a beautiful multi-tasking garden that nourishes the needs of humans and supports myriad pollinators.

Dan Jaffe earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society), and has years of nursery management and plant sales experience. He is passionate about ecological horticulture, building both sustainability and wildlife value into every landscape, and the foraging and cultivation of wild edible plants. He is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. His book Native Plants for New England Gardens was released spring of 2018 and will be available for purchase.

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Special thanks to the New England Biolabs Foundation for their generous support for this event. For additional educational resources related to pollinators habitat, also made with support from NEBF, check out Episode 4 of our Podcast, "Native Plants for Pollinators" and our recent webinar, Farming for Biodiversity

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We want to make sure your accessibility needs are met during the event. Please share with us your needs regarding (but not limited to): physical accessibility, allergies, noise, scent, gender; intellectual accessibility, and any instructions or tips to help you fully participate.

For questions contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at or (603) 969-8195.

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