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Bees, Butterflies and Blooms!

posted Feb 29, 2016, 8:02 AM by Randy Britton

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Bees, Butterflies and Blooms!

Grantham’s Town-Wide Education and Action Program

The pollinator population, such as bees and butterflies, has declined significantly in New England.  Learn about the critical role pollinators play in our environment and how to help rebuild their populations.

March 10 (morning) – Grantham Village School – Troy Hall, a local bee keeper, and Phylicia Schwartz, Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist for Sullivan County Conservation District, will provide hands-on activities for students including planting "fast plants" that they will be able to pollinate by hand in several weeks.  The Grantham Garden Club is helping to support the pollinator activities at the GVS.

March 10 (7:00 pm) Grantham Town Hall (lower level) – Speakers from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Sullivan County Conservation District and Natural Resources will discuss:  Who are our pollinators?  What is their impact on the economy?  What problems do they face?  And, how can we help them?  

March 11 (10:00 am) Grantham Town Hall (lower level) -- The Grantham Garden Club will host a presentation by Cathy Neal from the UNH Extension Service who will discuss what gardeners can do to help pollinators by increasing the use of native plants, reducing the use of plants treated with pesticides, and reducing the use of plants that have little pollinator value. She will provide information on the choice of flowers best suited to our native insects and how best to plant a sustainable wild flower garden which will attract and support pollinators.

The pollinator project is a collaborative effort involving more than 10 local organizations and committees.  It has been funded, in part, through grants from the Eastman Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Conservation Commission.

Please check our website often.  More details about this important project will be posted as they become available.