Yard, garden area focusing on pollinator-friendly landscapes

UNIVERSITY PARK – The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes will be the focus of the Yard and Garden area at Ag Progress Days.

According to a press release, demonstration plots in the area are now 5 years old, and their flowers and plantings are attracting large numbers of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

“The demonstration plots serve as living proof that the average gardener can do something to attract and help pollinators,” said Molly Sturniolo, coordinator of Penn State Extension’s Master Gardener Program in Centre County. “Planting these flowers and other host plants is well within their ability.”

To support pollinators, Master Gardeners offer the Pollinator Friendly Garden Certification program, the release states. The four-step certification process costs $10.

Honeybee demonstrations also will be conducted, and information will be available about Beekeeping 101, Penn State Extension’s online course.

Master Gardeners will be on hand in the Yard and Garden tent to answer questions about horticulture and gardening, the release states.

The following demonstrations are scheduled at the site:

Aug. 12 – 1 p.m., flower-arranging; 2 p.m., pollinator gardening;

Aug. 13 – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., flower-arranging; 6 p.m., pollinator gardening;

Aug. 14 – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., flower arranging.