Pollination Celebration 2017

September 16, 2017—9am-3pm

Pollination Celebration will have Educational Opportunities!

beesbutterflyfunGuest speakers will be scheduled throughout the day giving participants the chance to learn more about pollinators in their garden while cooling off in the comfort of LSU Agricultural Center. Presentations begin at 9:00 AM

 

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Kids of All Ages will play and create!

Don’t worry about your kids being bored at Pollination Celebration.  Hands-on activities will abound!  There will also be an international honey tasting, Audubon Bug Mobile, hummingbird banding, a scavenger hunt and more fun stuff!

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Build your own Mason Bee House!

Make a Hummingbird Feeder from recycled water bottles!

Make and take a Butterfly Wind Spinner!

Let the kids take photos of all the pollinator friendly plants for a science project!

THIS IS ONLY THE START OF THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT!

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Art Contest – Pollination Celebration

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The winner of the 2016 Pollination Celebration Art Contest was Theresa Beaubouef.  Her art will be used on 2017 promotional materials.  The 2017 Pollination Celebration, to be held Saturday, September 16th from 9am-3pm, will also host an art competition.  “Pollination Celebration” is a one-day festival to educate the public about various bugs and birds that act as pollinators in our area.

Pollination Celebration is soliciting artwork for use in advertising and to produce articles for sale at future festivals. This will be a juried contest. Drawings, paintings, photo collages, and 3D art will all be considered. Submissions are required to include at least one pollinator: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds as well as one or more flowers. All mediums will be considered including photographic collages. Artwork may not exceed 16 X 20 without frame, and must be ready to hang or to be displayed on a table. Artwork should have identifying information on the back.

Members of any recognized art guild or camera club may submit artwork for consideration. If you are not already a member of an art guild and would like to submit your art into the contest, please contact the Hammond Art Guild for more information on membership.

More information and a contest form is available on the left side of this blog page.

Craft & Food Vendors Wanted for Pollination Celebration!

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Pollination Celebration, to be held Saturday, September 16th from 9am-3pm is currently accepting applications for craft, plant, and food vendors!  Do you create birdhouses made from teapots, windows painted with flowers and hummingbirds, garden art from recycled metal?  The Master Gardeners organization is looking for you!  Vendors of handmade crafts as well as plants and a variety of food options are invited to submit their applications.  Space is limited, so we encourage you to complete the process today.

Applications can be printed and downloaded from the left-hand side of the page.

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Expert Speakers

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Dr. Charles Allen

Dr. Charles Allen—Dr. Charles Allen is a Senior Botanist with Colorado State University stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.  He and his wife Susan own and operate Allen Acres B&B, a nature oriented paradise in west central Louisiana where he organizes and leads many area field trips. Allen Acres is a butterfly and moth haven and heaven as they plant many plants to attract these winged wonders.  Charles is a retired Professor of Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a charter member and past President of the Louisiana Native Plant Society (LNPS).  He is the coauthor of Edible Plants of the Gulf South, Wildflowers of Louisiana, Trees Shrubs and Woody Vines of Louisiana, and Grasses of Louisiana, 3rd ed.  His presentations include butterfly and moth gardening, edible plants, wildflowers, landscaping with native plants, and Louisiana vegetation.

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Vendors Market

Shop vendors for lawn & garden related items:  arts, crafts, plants, tools, etc.

Interested in being a vendor at Pollination Celebration?  Special no-fee space available to non-profits.   Go to this page to download information and applications.

Getting There

Parking Passes:  $5 per vehicle—-Fill your car, van, SUV,  or pickup truck with family & friends.  There’s only one price per vehicle!

Buses:  $1 per rider—Buses should make reservations due to limited, designated parking.

Please NO PETS on the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station grounds.

The research station is located at 21549 Old Covington Hwy, Hammond, LA 70403