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Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

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June 24, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Instant Pollinator Garden

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Transform your garden into an ecologically diverse paradise for beetles, butterflies, and other pollinators. Discover plants that provide pollen and nectar to our native insects, how to site the garden, and the basic steps for creating suitable habitats for these all-important community workers. Take home five floriferous native plants and easy-to-use instructions for making a pollinator garden of your own.

This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on Saturday, June 24, 2023.

About the Instructor:
Melissa Starkey, PhD, is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. She earned her PhD in biology from Northwestern University and an MSc in plant biodiversity and taxonomy from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh in Scotland. As part of her studies, she completed a certificate in field botany in Colombia. Melissa is an active Philadelphia County Master Gardener and PA Master Naturalist and serves on the Board of Directors at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in PA, where she grew up.

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