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, the 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.

Year of the Pollinator Events:

❦  Thursday, January 18th –  Make and Take Seed Ball Workshop

❦  Saturday, February 10th – Paw Paws, Figs, and Other Unusual Fruits for Philly

❦  Thursday, March 8th – Pollinators on your Plate and in your Glass…….Oh My! 

❦  Saturday, April 21st – Pollinators FOUND Opening at Awbury Arboretum, an art exhibition and scavenger hunt

❦  Saturday, May 19th – Pollinator Friendly Plants and Hints for Community Gardeners   

❦  Wednesday, June 20th – Celebrate the Summer Solstice: Sculpting en Plein Air 

❦  Saturday, June 23rd –  First “Stars in the Garden” Seasonal Pollinator Habitat Garden Tour (cancelled)

  Wednesday, July 18th  Edible Flower Event

With PHS and Constance Kirker.  More info to come.

❦  Friday, August 17th –  Second “Stars in the Garden” Seasonal Pollinator Habitat Garden Tour

A garden tour at the Agricultural Village.  More info to come.

❦  Saturday, September 8th – “Trees for Bees” Walk & Talk

Walk and Talk with Awbury Landscape Manager Karen Flick during the Philadelphia Honey Festival at Wyck House and Garden. More info to come.

❦  Thursday, October 11th – Third “Stars in the Garden” Seasonal Pollinator Habitat Garden Tour

A garden tour at the Agricultural Village.  More info to come.

❦  Sunday, November 4th Entomology Lecture

With Entomologist and Evolutionary Ecologist Dan Duran.  More info to come.

❦  Friday, December 7th – Photography Exhibition Opening

Photography show featuring local gardeners’ photos of native blooms – insects included!  More info to come.

Click here for a printable 2018 schedule.  

 


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.

June – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

This magnificent creature that is quite the tactical pollinator.

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May – Sweat Bee

These bees are the epitome of “team players.”  They truly have never met a flower they didn’t like!

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April – Hand Pollination

This method is long, tedious work, but in some locations it’s either pollination by hand, or no produce at all.

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March – Blue Orchard Mason Bee

These bees- which are dark blue with a metallic shine- are extremely effective at pollinating fruit trees, helping keep the produce you eat available and healthy.

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February – Wind

While the winter winds may seem frightful, Spring winds usher in an entirely new season of rebirth.  Learn about parts of the globe that contain fewer animals or insects where wind is key.

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January – Honeybees

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

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