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Support pollinators at Gardeners Gathering

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Support the pollinators at Gardeners Gathering

EUREKA, Ill. –About one-third of the food and drink we consume depends directly or indirectly on pollinators, and there is no denying these creatures are in decline. University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners encourage you to “bee” the change and learn what you can do to support our native pollinators at their annual ‘Gardeners Gathering: Practically Perfect Pollinators,’ on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. At Snyder Village- SV Center in Metamora, IL.

Gardeners Gathering is all about inspiring, educating, and encouraging gardeners, whether they have a balcony and a sunny window or an acre to grow. This educational event is for all who love plants and want to discover new gardening tips while having fun. The three pollinator-themed presentations include:

Native Pollinators
When it comes to pollination, honeybees get a majority of the attention. However, many insects play a role in pollination. Learn about different native pollinators and how to make your landscape attractive to them.

Plants for Pollinators

Host plants, Illinois natives, and nectar-rich blooms from spring through fall all play an important part in a pollinator garden. Learn what plants you could add to your landscape to create a haven for our native pollinators!

What You Can Do for Pollinators
“Bee” a friend to the pollinators! Discover easy things you can do (or not do!) in your backyard to help the pollinators. From citizen science opportunities to the simple recommendation of “do no harm,” enjoy this hands-on portion as you create a Mason bee house, a butterfly puddler to support the pollinators, and more!

A $30 registration fee includes morning refreshments, 2 workshops, and materials from the pollinator-themed activity stations. Check-in and light refreshments will be available at 8:45 a.m., with the workshops beginning at 9 a.m. The program will be hosted at Snyder Village- SV Center, 1200 E. Partridge Street, Metamora, IL. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit or call (309) 467-3789.

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