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December 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


The Language of Flowers: Pollination Ecology for Gardeners (Online)

An Eastern tiger swallowtail visits Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis).

Saturday, December 12

Did you know that getting pollen from flower to flower relies on duplicity, bribery, thievery, and, of course, salacious plant sex? Rebecca presents the basics of pollination ecology and the fascinating – and complex – communication strategies at play in the seemingly simple matter of plant reproduction. From intoxicating scents to well-marked landing strips, learn how to “read” flowers and come to know the true desires of the beautiful organisms you cultivate in your garden.

Rebecca McMackin is the Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park where she oversees 85 acres of diverse parkland, including meadows, wetlands, forest, and ornamental beds, with the aim of encouraging biodiversity. She is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist, writes about landscape management and pollination ecology, and designs the occasional garden.

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