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Attracting and Nurturing Beneficial Pollinators

Cost: FREE
Date: Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00pm
Location: Zoom invitation for on-line learning
Presenter: Carolyn Summers of Flying Trillium Gardens, Chris Harp of honeybeelives.org

Sullivan Renaissance is pleased to partner with Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Community Learning Program at SUNY Sullivan to offer a free online seminar about attracting and nurturing beneficial pollinators. A showing of Catskill Mountainkeeper’s short film “Save the Pollinators” will be followed by a pre-recorded session with Carolyn Summers of Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve. Summers will talk about what to plant to support pollinators and help them thrive.

The seminar will conclude with a live Zoom Q&A session, where Chris Harp of Honeybeelives.org (featured in the film) will join the conversation to field questions about the importance of bees and their role in food security.

Bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators are a critical part of our ecosystem, yet all of these populations are in decline. That is the message of an award-winning eight-minute short film—“Save The Pollinators”–released by Catskill Mountainkeeper. Pollinators are key to our entire food supply and natural ecosystem. There are several ways we can promote their return and help them prosper.

Presenter Carolyn Summers is an experienced native plant landscape designer. Throughout her career, Carolyn has been acutely aware of the need for clients, DIY homeowners, and designers to be able to see how lovely native plants are when used in garden settings. She is a graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at CCNY. Carolyn is the author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East – the go-to guide for anyone interested in using native plants in their landscapes. She is also an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College.

Chris Harp is an organic beekeeper, “Bee Doctor”, beekeeping teacher and co-founder of HoneybeeLives. He has been tending his own hives in New Paltz for twenty-eight years. He has expanded his naturalist and biodynamic approach to tend approximately 200 colonies in locations in New York and Connecticut for both individuals and organizations. Harp is a consultant on hive health for troubled colonies and concerned beekeepers.

SUNY Sullivan presents this class in partnership with Sullivan Renaissance and Catskill Mountainkeeper.



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This free personal enrichment class can be accessed through Zoom on your PC, laptop computer or phone. Participants must register to confirm their space. An email invitation link will be sent 24-hours prior to the class.