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Attracting Bees

The theme of the next program presented by the Richfield Historical Society is "How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden" with guest speaker Carrie Hennessy.

The community program is Thursday, March 28 at the Richfield Fire Hall. 

Pollinators are certainly the unsung heroes of our gardens, fields and farms.

Over 100,000 invertebrates—including bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, wasps, and flies—and more than a thousand mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians take on the job of pollinating plants. This biodiverse group of wildlife buzzes, flutters, and creeps from plant to plant, dining on protein-rich pollen and high-energy nectar. As they move, they transport and deposit pollen, fertilizing plants and allowing those plants to reproduce.

Bees are the most numerous, effective, and important pollinators. They pollinate both our crops and wild plants, providing us with one-third of the food we eat and allowing wild plants to reproduce and produce the berries, fruits, seeds, and other plant foods that form the base of the natural food web.

Carrie Hennessy of Johnson Nursery, in Menomonee Falls will share her expertise on how to attract pollinators to your garden. Ms. Hennessy will discuss easy ways to make your yard friendlier to bees and butterflies to create a successful pollinator habitat. Make room in your garden for pollinators, and plant the right plants. 

As a professional horticulturist and designer for Johnson Nursery’s lead landscape design for residential and softscape projects, Ms. Hennesy has presented a wide range of topics to local garden clubs, libraries, educational institutions and local news stations. In addition, she is a primary contributor to Johnson’s Nursery Knowledgebase, an online repository of articles and videos.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Richfield Historical Society's program. It is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Richfield Fire Hall, 2008 State Road 175, Richfield, WI.