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Pollinator Protection Workshop for Green Industry Professionals

Flowers in bloom

The Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills showcases over 160 varieties of pollinator friendly plants. Image by Debbie Roos, NCCE.

Honey bees and native pollinators are critical to North Carolina’s economy, food security and environmental health. Pollinator populations are in decline for several reasons, including lack of habitat. Inappropriate pesticide use can further jeopardize pollinators and beneficial insects.

During this workshop, held August 26 at the Chatham Extension Center, landscape professionals learned how to enhance landscapes by planting flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs that provide habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects as well as how to select and apply pesticides with minimal impact.

Resources from the workshop

“How to enhance natural pest control in the landscape by creating habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators”

  • Debbie Roos, Chatham Extension Sustainable Agriculture Agent – Beneficial insects such as hover flies and lacewings are important predators of common landscape pests. Creating habitat that will attract and sustain populations of beneficial insects can provide pest management in the landscape and minimize the use of pesticides. This session will discuss plant species, design principles, and maintenance practices that enhance a landscape’s ability to serve as suitable habitat for beneficial insects as well as pollinators.
  • Review the slides, part 1
  • Review the slides, part 2
  • What’s in Bloom List from the Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden
  • Learn more about the Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden – be sure to explore the many subpages of this website!

“Minimizing the impact of pesticides on pollinators in the landscape”

Additional Resources:

Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides

Bees and Bee Decline

Certified pesticide applicators who attended this workshop received 2 hours of pesticide recertification credits for subcategories Ornamentals and Turf (L), Demonstration and Research (N), Dealer (D) and Specialty Training (X).

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