GOING GREEN: Learn how to plant a pollinator garden

Have you been worried about the decline in the number of honey bees, but unsure what you can do about it as a concerned inhabitant of planet Earth? Colleen Guertin Parenteau, who has a master of science degree in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley College, will explain how to plant a pollinator garden during a Meetinghouse Series talk at the Unitarian Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford St. on Sunday, May 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parenteau, who teaches science and health at the Tower School, will speak about the relationship between native plants and critically endangered bumblebees and butterflies. With over 20 years of experience as a naturalist, garden educator and classroom teacher, Parenteau is passionate about the importance of creating residential pollinator corridors to enhance a community’s resilience to climate change.                                      

Parenteau will discuss ways to create home gardens that will effectively attract bees and butterflies by featuring native plants endemic to the Northern Coastal Zone. These include plants that are pollinator-friendly nectar sources, pollen sources and host plants for butterflies, such as lavender, salvia and milkweed.

This Meetinghouse Series is sponsored by the U-U-Church of Marblehead and Sustainable Marblehead. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

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