With the devastating flooding affecting our state, came waters engulfing much of LSU AgCenter, Hammond Research Station. Buildings that have never flooded were not spared this time. A core group of TPMGA members spent last week cleaning up our storage shed and the work continues this week. There is not as much left to do but we’re not quite at the stopping point yet.
A large group of MG volunteers from neighboring parishes met at HRS this morning to work in the gardens. We thank them for all their hard work.
In case anyone wonders about Pollination Celebration….We continue to push toward our goal of providing a quality educational experience for everyone. Pollination Celebration is still on for September 24th. We hope to see you all there!
Of course you’ve already decided to attend the first annual Pollination Celebration, and you’ve told your kids about it. They know what a celebration is, but how do you describe pollination? Well…pollination is nature’s story of the birds and the bees.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male reproductive parts of the plant to the female reproductive parts. Flowering plants are often pollinated by wind or insects. Conifers are pollinated by wind. Flowering plants are pollinated by more than 100,000 animals and, most plants are dependent on pollinators. Insects are very important pollinators. Bees are the most important insect pollinators. Butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles are also important in pollination. Different flowers have characteristics that are attractive to different insects. Various insect pollinators and the types of plants they prefer will be one of MANY interesting topics presented at POLLINATON CELEBRATION!
And now you know!
POLLINATION CELEBRATION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 9AM-3PM HAMMOND LSU AGCENTER, OLD COVINGTON HWY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Hammond LSU AgCenter
$5 per car – pay at the entrance gate
Pack up your car with as many folks as you can to attend this family-friendly fun and educational event! Purchase your ticket early and save time at the gate. Tickets are $5 per vehicle (does not include buses).
Crafts, garden tours, guest speakers, kid activities, plant sales and more awaits you at Pollination Celebration. There is no better way to spend the day! 9am – 3pm for bushels of fun!
5 Tips for Success
Gardeners know that if they are going to have a successful garden, whether ornamental or as a food source, they need to attract pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Here are 5 tips for success! You can learn more by participating in Pollination Celebration, September 16, 2017!
- Butterflies are more likely to notice large areas of a single color, so be sure to plant in drifts and clusters! Go for bright colors! Reds and yellows always attract more butterflies than white.
- Certain plants act as a food source to many caterpillars that will become butterflies! Herbs such as fennel, dill, and parsley will attract caterpillars that can defoliate your plants in a matter of days. Once they have a full stomach, they will make their cocoons right on the stem giving you an opportunity to see their beautiful metamorphosis.
- Flowers for all seasons act as a food source for butterflies. Try to plant your garden so different swathes of colorful blooms are available year-round. Good examples include larkspur, coneflower and sedum.
- Butterflies need to rest after all their work pollinating! They appreciate a nice sunny surface to warm their wings. A shallow saucer of water with a sandy bottom will provide the perfect spot for them to rest and take a drink.
- While you may want to get rid of those aphids and beetles, if you are using pesticides you are also decimating your butterfly population. Be cautious and apply pesticides only on windless days and when absolutely needed.
Need a few plant suggestions? Sedum, chaste tree, sunflowers, abelia, parsley, lantana, and butterfly bush will all attract butterflies to your garden. Have fun and don’t forget to come to Pollination Celebration to introduce your entire family to the joys of butterfly gardening!
Pollination Celebration, Saturday, September 16 from 9am-3pm, will have a variety of activities for kids and adults alike. One of the kids’ activities will be to build a mason bee house out of bamboo and tin cans.
Did you know that mason bee houses can boost your garden’s productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees? Are mason bees new to you?
Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee! By hanging a mason bee house against a tree or wall you will attract even more! Female bees fill the tubes with their eggs, and nectar and pollen for the young to eat. These bees are welcomed visitors to your garden because they don’t sting!
Bring your school-age child and learn about mason bees while your child builds his own house!
Pollination Celebration – Saturday, September 16, 2017
Mark your calendar to attend the premier pollination event in Southeast Louisiana! Pollination Celebration will be held at the Hammond LSU Research Center from 9am – 3pm. This fun and educational festival will feature guest speakers, Audubon Bug Mobile, kids activities, crafts, plant sales and of course, tours of Louisiana’s most successful plants to attract pollinators. Great for kids and adults alike! $5 per car, so load up the family and buzz on over to Pollination Celebration!
Check out the Pollination Celebration Link on the left for more information.