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Pollinator Restaurants & Building Community, a talk by Jennifer Dirking 
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 07:30pm

Creating a Bee, Butterfly & Bird Restaurant and Building Community Along the Way

Is your garden a ‘bar’ that only offers nectar to adult butterflies but no food for their offspring? Do the birds and bees visiting your garden have everything they need to raise the next generation? Learn how you can create a “Bee, Butterfly and Bird Restaurant” by growing the ‘keystone plants’ that feed your local ecosystem. In the process, you can:

  • Attract more bees, butterflies and birds to your garden
  • Boost your fruit and vegetable yields
  • Help save local species that are in decline
  • Engage with neighbors to build back habitat throughout your community

Join us for this lively discussion as we explore opportunities to boost biodiversity in our own gardens and simple ways we can educate and engage others.

Jennifer Dirking has been an organic gardener for over 40 years, but only recently transformed her garden from a food desert to a habitat oasis in her suburban San Carlos neighborhood. Inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book Nature’s Best Hope, she has reached beyond her garden fence to develop partnerships and inspire hundreds of others throughout the Bay Area to begin their own native gardening journey. Her simple tactics involving free wildflower seeds and promotion via social media provide a model for other individuals and organizations that want to reach further into their communities as well. Jennifer is our Wildflower Ambassador Program Chair.

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Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 29 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Sep 30 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Fri Oct 06 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Oct 07 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Tue Oct 10 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Conservation Committee
Fri Oct 13 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration
Sat Oct 14 @ 8:00AM -
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Oct 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:30PM
Master Gardeners Talk: Local California Natives for Your Garden, a talk by Carol Peck
Thu Oct 19 @ 7:00PM -
CNPS SCV Board Meeting
Fri Oct 20 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Friday Edgewood Restoration