Pssst – do you know the secret to a blooming backyard? Sun and soil are important, but it’s bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that bring your garden to life year after year. With one-third of our food supply and at least 80% of the world’s flowering plants depending on pollinators, their impact can be felt everywhere – from your backyard to your dinner plate.
Yet bees and butterflies are disappearing. Impacted by disease, pesticides, and the loss of open spaces, pollinators like these are now in danger. And as they suffer, so too does the beauty and productivity of the land you love – and all the families and wildlife that call it home.
There’s good news, though. By creating a beautiful, blooming haven for pollinators in your yard, you can help keep the Eastern Sierra thriving for years to come.
Are you interested in creating your own pollinator-friendly garden? Then mark your calendar: we’re hosting our third annual free Pollinator Garden Workshop on April 8th!
Pollinator Garden Workshop
Saturday, April 8th
10 am – 12 pm
Inyo Council for the Arts (137 S Main St, Bishop)
With support from US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and a dynamic team of local advisers, our Pollinator Garden Workshop will provide guidance, information, and resources to anyone ready to harness the power of pollinators and create their own blooming pollinator haven.
Note: if you are planning to attend, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign in and enjoy refreshments before the presentations begin.
At the Workshop, you’ll learn gardening tips and techniques from local experts, including:
- Katie Quinlan of California Native Plant Society
- Michelle Hunt and Rachel Williams of USFWS
- Julie Fontaine of Trestles Environmental Corporation
- Pete Pumphrey of Eastern Sierra Audubon
- Roberta Lagomarsini of Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners
The Pollinator Garden Workshop is the first step towards creating your own certified pollinator garden through ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project. Sign up to participate in the Project, and we’ll connect you to our network of experts to help you get your pollinator-friendly garden growing this spring. Once your garden is ready to be planted, we will award you a $125 voucher for purchasing native plants. We’ll also certify your garden as pollinator habitat, and then give you a Certified Pollinator Garden plaque to post when the certification process is complete.
Since launching our Eastside Pollinator Garden Project in 2014, we’ve been committed to making sure that native bees, butterflies, and birds have places to thrive by helping community members like you build safe havens for pollinators. We have already certified 75 beautiful gardens and community spaces in Inyo and Mono Counties as pollinator-friendly. Will yours be next?