MONTICELLO, Ill. – About one-third of the food and beverages we consume depend on pollinators. Apples, cucumbers, herbs, watermelons, chocolate, and coffee need animals to pollinate them. Pollinators also contribute to plant and animal diversity in our natural areas. Learn how to attract pollinators to your garden, with Illinois Extension Educator Ken Johnson.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, a Zoom event, will be noon to 1 p.m. on May 18. Following the presentation, Piatt County Master Gardeners will share information about pollinator pockets.

“When it comes to pollination, honeybees get most of the attention. However, many insects play a role in pollination,” says Horticulture Coordinator Beth Miglin. “Discover why pollinators are important and what steps you can take to make your landscape more attractive to pollinators.” 

Register for this free event, sponsored by Piatt County Master Gardeners, at go.illinois.edu/dmpevents by May 17.  Zoom login details will be sent following registration. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, Extension horticulture coordinator, at bmiglin@illinois.edu or call 217-762-2191.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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