Planning and Planting for Pollinators

Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 Time: 1:00 am - 2:30 am Location: Univ of IL Extension Building, Daniel T. Kelley Auditorium (map and directions)

Lesley Deem discusses bee culture with students during an Entomology presentation at Booker T. Washington Elementary School.

Dr. Lesley Deem will discuss what we can do and plant in our native gardens to encourage and increase a variety of pollinators visiting plants. She will discuss different types of pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Some small native plants will be on display for show and tell during the presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.

Lesley Deem has has a Ph.D. in Entomology and works at the University of Illinois, Department of Entomology where she serves as the Pollinatarium Director. Also, a Master Gardener, she focuses her energy on gardening, plant & insect interactions, pollinator & plant conservation, and sustainable farming & living.? Her overall goal is to make “Pollinator Pathways” across Illinois by engaging citizens, researchers, and municipalities in an effort to put back some of the habitat that has been lost.

“The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Its location in the midst of the Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators physically and conceptually, for optimal impact and appeal. Multiple exhibits acquaint visitors with a broad range of disciplines involved in the study of pollination, including ecology, evolution, plant biology, insect physiology, animal behavior, crop sciences and conservation.”

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