2018: The Year of the Pollinator

2018 is the Year of the Pollinator at Awbury!

The flowers you see and the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds you eat depend on the process of pollination.

In 2018, Arboretum will feature monthly classes, tours, dinners, and workshops highlighting the often unacknowledged creatures and forces – bees, butterflies, moths, wind, and more – who initiate so much of the beauty and bounty of our world.

The premier event of the Pollinator Year is our interactive art installation; FOUND: Native Pollinators at Awbury Arboretum featuring twelve one of a kind, beautifully crafted tiles by Karen Singer Tileworks. Tiles will be on display starting April 21st  – look for more details about this upcoming event.

Upcoming Year of the Pollinator Events:

❦  Thursday, January 18th Plants for Pollinators: Make and Take Seed Ball Workshop

To kick off our year long dedication to pollination Awbury Staff are offering a free family seed ball make-and-take workshop. Bring the whole family to learn about plants that support pollinators and make seed balls to plant in your landscape and ours. Cost: free, registration required.   Click here for more information.

❦  Saturday, February 10th Paw Paws, Figs and other unusual fruits for Philly

Learn about Paw Paws, Figs, Kiwiberries, and many other unusual fruits that grow in our climate. These lesser known fruits are delicious and easy to grow!  Led by Phil Forsyth of the Philadelphia Orchard Project.  Click here for more information.

❦  Thursday, March 8th – Pollinator Plate Dinner with Chef Gail Hinson

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❦  Saturday, April 21st Pollinators FOUND at Awbury Arboretum, an Art Show and Scavenger Hunt

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Presenting: Awbury’s 2018 series on pollinators– from wasps to wind!

Monthly articles will correspond with our programming and our “Pollinators FOUND at Awbury Arboretum” art show and scavenger hunt.

Articles written by La Salle student and Awbury intern Dan Sardaro.

January – Honeybees

This month, learn about honeybees’ roles in their colony, their responsibilities in the ecosystem, and what YOU can to help these little critters.

Click here to read the full article!