EDINA— Residents participating in No Mow May can further expand their knowledge on how to protect pollinators by attending any of Edina’s Pollinator Workshops during the month of May.
The three standalone workshops each feature a self-paced online course and a live Zoom session. Residents can sign up for one or all three webinars, which are free for Edina residents.
Each workshop will cover a different aspect of protecting pollinators and the steps residents can take to improve their own yards and create effective bee lawns. The workshops will allow participants to meet one-on-one in small groups with experts to get feedback on their ideas and learn about local resources to help them get started.
These workshops are in partnership with Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water, a network of clean water and native plant stewards who offer resources and programs to Minnesotans.
Each workshop can accommodate up to 40 Edina residents. Topics include:
Resilient Yards: May 11, 6-8 p.m.
- Gain resources and guidance for creating a habitat for pollinators, protecting clean water and ecology of yards. Learn how to direct run-off, select and place native trees and shrubs, design a native garden, incorporate turf alternatives and more. Register at: bluethumb.org/event/resilient-yards-edina/.
Pollinator Plantings, May 18, 6-8 p.m.
- Learn how to transform a specific part of land into a haven for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Gain knowledge on plant selection and placement techniques. Register at: bluethumb.org/event/pollinator-plantings-workshop-edina/.
Turf Alternatives, May 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
- A live presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session meant to conclude the Resilient Yards and Pollinator Plantings series. Participants will receive access to online resources and downloadable material and more. Register at: bluethumb.org/event/turf-alternatives-workshop-edina/.
Learn more about sustainable lawns and sign up for No Mow May by May 15 by visiting www.bettertogetheredina.org/no-mow-may.
For more information, contact Sustainability Manager Grace Hancock at ghancock@EdinaMN.gov or 952-826-1621.