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Pollinators are essential for good gardening

Posted: May 24, 2014 - 11:05pm
Beekeeper Deborah Sasser with Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farms will give a presentation on honeybees during a seminar on attracting pollinators to the garden that will be held May 29 at Highgrove Clubhouse in Evans.   File Photo
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Beekeeper Deborah Sasser with Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farms will give a presentation on honeybees during a seminar on attracting pollinators to the garden that will be held May 29 at Highgrove Clubhouse in Evans.

Former Augusta Council of Garden Clubs President Judy Kirkland, who has been learning about attracting pollinators and good bugs to her garden, will hold a seminar to encourage others to do the same.

The May 29 seminar will be at Highgrove Clubhouse in Evans. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch and handouts. There will also be native plants and beneficial bugs for sale.

“It’s open to anyone, but pre-registration is required,” noted Kirkland, BeeGAP chairman for the Garden Club of Georgia Inc.

The event will begin with a welcome and introduction to BeeGAP starting at 9:30 a.m. BeeGAP stands for “Bee Gardener Adding Pollinators.” According to the National Garden Clubs, it “describes a life cycle system that encourages gardeners to change their yards into bee havens and a garden oasis. The goal is for backyard gardeners to nurture bees that can then be sold through a buy-back program and provided to farmers for commercial use.”

Beekeeper Deborah Sasser with Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farms will give a presentation on honeybees beginning at 10:14 a.m., followed by a presentation on hummingbirds from Terry Johnson, author, columnist and executive director of The Environmental Resource Network.

There will also be a section on hummingbird haven certification by John Allen, Augusta Council of Garden Clubs Azalea District Community Wildlife Project chair.

Following lunch, Evans resident Sharyn Altman, former president of the Georgia Master Gardeners Association, will give a presentation on butterflies and monarch tagging. Altman, a monarch tagger, will also give a brief presentation on creating a monarch way station.

The afternoon will continue with a presentation on beneficial insects from Ron Furr, assistant manager at Pike’s Nursery in Oconee, and a talk on native plants to attract pollinators and beneficial insects by Christina Bruner with Carolina Wild in Anderson, S.C.

For more information about the seminar or to register for it, contact Dr. Virginia Allen at vallenotr@aol.com or (706) 736-6793.

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