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Gardening with Native Plants for Pollinators | Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

Sep 14, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT


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Andrea Stithe

Native plant gardening has been ranked as one of the top three landscape and garden trends over the past few years, in part because of the benefits that they offer to pollinators. However, native plants are not widely planted by home gardeners, and only limited selections can be found at many retail nurseries. This talk will share research conducted by the OSU Garden Ecology Lab for the past four years, and will address questions such as:

  • Which Willamette Valley native plants are most attractive to pollinators?
  • Why aren't native plants more broadly available for purchase?
  • What native plants are most attractive (according to Oregon gardeners), and which native plant traits gave gardeners concern?
  • Are native cultivars a good approach to some of the problems associated with the production and sale of native plants?
  • Do pollinators visit native cultivars as much as they do native plants?

Finally, we will end with our recommendations for native plants that western Oregon gardeners should plant, if they want to support Oregon's pollinators.

About the presenters

Gail Langellotto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Horticulture and the statewide coordinator of Oregon's Extension Master Gardener program. Together with her lab group, the Garden Ecology Lab, she studies the plants, insects, animals, people, decisions, and management practices that either improve or degrade a garden's ability to promote environmental and human health.

Jen Hayes is graduate student pursuing a PhD degree in Horticulture & Entomology at Oregon State University. Jen is a Vermonter who is passionate about pollinators; she fell in love with native bees as an undergraduate in the Ricketts Lab at the University of Vermont. Since her first exposure to bee research, she has had the opportunity work on pollinator studies in Vermont, Ecuador, North Dakota, and Oregon.

About Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

This monthly zoom series offers education for the experienced gardener and is led by OSU horticulture experts from across the state. Take your gardening knowledge to the next level with timely topics from gardening in a changing climate to techniques to extend your season. The webinars will be broadcast via Zoom, the second Tuesday of the month, at 3pm, January through November, 2021. A listing of all classes in this series and recordings of the webinars are available on our website. This series is open to the public, and OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive 1 Continuing Education Credit for each class. You can take one, or take all. This webinar is being recorded and will be available to view on our website within one week of airdate.

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