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Lecture + Guided Tour (Gardening for Pollinators)

How can we ensure the survival of bees & butterflies? Bee numbers are falling and other pollinators are also in decline. If action is not taken, a drop-off in population numbers will have serious implications for food production and gardens – as many plants rely on bees and other insects to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds. But what exactly is a Pollinator Garden? A pollinator garden is a garden that is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a wide range of pollinating insects.  In our half-day courses you will learn about the relationship between bees and flowers – biodiversity, environmental protection and all aspects of pollinator conservation work and receive a highly informative and engaging lecture, before setting off into the garden for an inspirational tour and various hands-son demonstrations by our nursery staff .

Our courses normally run from 11am – 2pm, or from 2pm – 5pm running from March to October. Contact: donna@enchantedgardenskent.co.uk

The following information will make your pollinator garden effective

A pollinator garden can be any size. You might only have a balcony or a small yard but you can still plant pollinator-friendly flowers there. You don’t have to be exclusive about this planting policy – there may be other flowers that you like to grow in your garden for various reasons – but the majority of flowers in a pollinator garden should be specifically chosen because they support pollinators. In other parts of the world birds are often pollinators, but in Europe pollination is done by insects (or in some cases the wind). Include a range of flower types, shapes and sizes. Many pollinating insects can only exploit particular shapes or sizes of flowers. To support pollinator diversity you must cater for all shapes and sizes of insect mouthparts. Do this by planting a diversity of flower types. Plan for a succession of flowers throughout the whole growing season. The climate of Britain and Ireland means that we have long growing seasons and some types of pollinating insects manage to breed two or more generations. But they need pollen or nectar from early spring until autumn in order to do this successfully. Minimise or eliminate the use of pesticides. If insect pests such as aphids become a problem there are well-known organic methods to control them. In a nature-friendly garden such pests are rarely a problem anyway, as they tend to be controlled by birds and other natural predators. A pollinator garden can be any size. You might only have a balcony or a small yard but you can still plant pollinator-friendly flowers there. You don’t have to be exclusive about this planting policy – there may be other flowers that you like to grow in your garden for various reasons – but the majority of flowers in a pollinator garden should be specifically chosen because they support pollinators. In other parts of the world birds are often pollinators, but in Europe pollination is done by insects (or in some cases the wind). Include a range of flower types, shapes and sizes. Many pollinating insects can only exploit particular shapes or sizes of flowers. To support pollinator diversity you must cater for all shapes and sizes of insect mouthparts. Do this by planting a diversity of flower types.