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Native Plants & Pollinators: What Does the Latest Science Reveal?

May 1, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT


Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Apr 29, 2024 to Catalina Santamaria : [email protected] or 503-655-8631

This class will explore the relationship between native plants & native cultivars with bees, drawing from new and ongoing research in Oregon and elsewhere. We will also share how specialist bees use plants and highlight the lesser-known resources provided by garden plants.

Among the questions we will address are:

  • How important are native bees as compared to non-native honeybees?
  • Do native bees need native plants to survive? Or can they use appropriate non-natives?
  • Is the basic native plant always more beneficial to native bees than the more showy cultivars of that same plant that are sold in the nursery?
  • Why DO different bees use different plants?
  • Plants don’t bloom all year. What will my native bees eat when my native plant stops blooming?
  • If I plant things that bring in lots of honeybees, will they also go to my native plants and crowd out the native bees there?
  • Which garden plants are best for attracting native bees?

This online seminar is free with advanced registration. A recording link will be sent two days after the class. Register online.

Jen Hayes is a PhD candidate in Oregon State University’s Horticulture Department. She fell in love with native bees as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont. She has studied pollinators in Vermont, Ecuador, North Dakota and Oregon. She is interested in how human-developed landscapes, such as farms and gardens, can achieve dual goals of pollinator conservation and plant productivity.

*Counts as one hour metro area Master Gardener continuing garden education credit

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