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Webinar: Pollinator Ecology

Wed, April 15 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

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On Wednesdays at noon, ELA invites you on A Walk in the Garden, a virtual weekly diversion as we adjust to the restrictions that the COVID-19 virus has forced onto our lives.

Presented as free webinars to gardeners everywhere, these presentations invite garden and landscape experts to share gardening tips, beautiful images, and inspiration. We hope anyone who is isolating, quarantining, or sheltering-in-place will find comfort and collective strength with a communal walk in the garden.

A (Virtual) Walk in the Garden with Rebecca McMackin
Pollinator Ecology

Many of the plants you grow have, at the very least, one pollinator partner who helped shape the evolution of their flowers and distribution. From bees, to butterflies, to birds, to bats, pollinating animals are responsible for much of the fruits and vegetables we rely on. On this virtual walk, you will learn the basics of pollination ecology as well as how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators. Yes, we will discuss honey bees, but we will also cover the exciting world of tomato buzz pollination, the rotten world of fly pollination, and the beautiful life of the squash bee. By the end of the day, you will be able to “read” flowers and come to know the true desires of the organisms you cultivate.

Rebecca McMackin is Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY. She is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. By day, she is the Director of Horticulture for Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she manages 85 acres of diverse parkland organically and with an eye towards habitat creation for birds, butterflies, and soil microorganisms. In her imaginary free time, Rebecca writes about landscape management and pollination ecology, as well as designs the occasional garden. She sits on the boards of Metro Hort Group and Ecological Landscape Alliance, and is a NOFA-certified Landcare Professional as well as an ISA-certified Arborist.

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This webinar is free for all audiences.



Wed, April 15
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
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