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Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St, Rockford, IL 61102
Native pollinators are a fascinating and important part of our lives and our landscapes. Pollinators influence and reflect the health of the environment which directly affects human health and well-being.
Rockford has a lot of different species of native pollinators but many of their populations are declining. Gardeners can be directly involved in their survival. This program will acquaint you with some of our bees and show you why and how to lend them a hand.
We’ll start with a short session on bumble bee identification and how to pick out the different species. Then we’ll go to the gardens and look for bumble bees and other types of pollinators that might be active. Warm summer days are a good time for bee hunting and Klehm is lovely place to watch them.
Barbara Williams will lead this talk and has been bee hunting with a camera for five years in the Rockford area. She’s been a fan of natural history and an avid birder for many years.
If you cannot make this class, we will hold a second class on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1:00pm.
Members: Free
Non-Members: Included with admission

Carrie Schommer 815-965-8146


Maintaining Your Perennial Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Master Gardener, Michelle Cox, will cover pruning to maintain your perennial garden and keep it looking good all summer long.
Introduction to Pruning Perennials
Laying out plants
Staking
Division
Why we prune
Techniques
Tools
Benefits
Deadheading
Let it go to seed?
Cutting back
Pinching, Thinning, and Deadleafing
Members: Free
Non-Members: Included with daily admission

Carrie Schommer 815-965-8146


Huge Daylily Plant Sale

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
Largest plant sale in the area. Thousands of plants; more than 800 different kinds. FREE plant with every purchase. Hardy, Wisconsin-grown, drought-tolerant plants. Large color photo of every cultivar. Credit/debit cards accepted.

Rosemary Kleinheinz 608-221-1933