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Still time to sign up for UCD pollinator workshop

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From page A14 | March 02, 2014 |

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Bumblebees, including this black-tailed bumblebee, Bombus melanopygus, will be discussed at a pollinator workshop on Saturday, March 15, in Giedt Hall at UC Davis. Kathy Keatley Garvey/Courtesy photo

There’s still time to sign up for a pollinator gardening workshop on Saturday, March 15, by the California Center for Urban Horticulture at the UC Davis.

The workshop presentations will include “the latest research about bee pollinators and how you can make your landscape more ‘pollinator friendly,’ ” said Anne Schellman, program manager.

Several faculty members from the UCD department of entomology and nematology will speak at the workshop, to begin with check-in at 7:30 a.m. at 1001 Giedt Hall. and to conclude at 2 p.m. at a plant sale in the Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery.

Faculty speakers will include Edwin Lewis, professor and vice chair of the department, who will give the welcoming address with Dave Fujino, director of the California Center for Urban Horticulture; Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, who will speak on “Honey Bee Health”; assistant professor Neal Williams, who will discuss “Habitat Enhancements to Support Bees: Agriculture to Urban Research”; and Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology, who will cover “The Buzz About Bees: Attracting and Observing Bees in Your Garden.”

Other speakers will be departmental staff member Christine Casey, new manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, who will relate “What’s New in the Garden?”; and Ellen Zagory, director of horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens, who will cover “Plants for Pollinators.”

Registration costs $40, which includes a light breakfast, box lunch, admission to the plant sale and a tour of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee-friendly garden on Bee Biology Road that includes art from the UCD Art/Science Fusion Program.

A special plant sale for pollinator workshop attendees only will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery.

Registration is underway at http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/events/public/pollinator-workshop-2014. The registration link is http://bit.ly/1hJbO0Q. More information is available from Schellman at 530-312-4083 or aschellman@ucdavis.edu.

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