Learn about pollinator gardens Saturday

Pollinators are in peril.

A Time magazine story in March cited a Center for Biological Diversity report that indicated more than 700 North American bee species are declining. A United Nations group reported in 2015 that populations are declining for 37 percent of bee species, with 9 percent of butterfly and bee populations facing extinction. Threats include habitat loss, pesticides, climate change and competition/diseases from non-native species.

But there’s more at stake than just losing some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. The monetary value of honey bees alone as commercial pollinators in the United States is estimated at about $15 billion annually with them doing almost 80 percent of all crop pollination.  

The good news is you can easily help – and find out exactly how this weekend at the Gardens of the American Rose Center’s last Green Thumb series of the year.

“Planting and Growing a Pollinator Garden” is the topic for the seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at the center’s Klima Rose Hall, 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport.

Topics/speakers include:

  • “Isn’t Beauty Enough? What’s the Big Deal about Butterflies?” – Mike Livingston, NWLA Master Gardener.
  • “Setting Up a Beehive in Your Garden” – Loice Kendrick Lacey, Mastere Gardener, author and founder of the Haynesville Butterfly Festival.
  • “Monarchs and Milkweed – If You Plant It, They Will Come” – Malcolm Vidrine, biologist, educator, author of the Cajun Prairie Restoration Project.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the rose center at 318-938-5402.

Don’t miss this chance to be a friend to the bees and butterflies!

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