How To Design A Beautiful Beneficial Pollinator Garden | Schedule

We often measure success in our garden by how well the plants grow and produce an attractive landscape. But we don’t always think about providing a habitat that will also attract pollinators. Cindy Gilbert will talk about guiding our decisions to help us design pollinator gardens big and small. Habitat loss and disruption of plant and insect life cycles make pollinator gardening even more important today than it may have been in the past. The conference is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Transylvania County Extension and is part of the monthly program of lectures and demonstrations that will be of interest to master gardeners, home gardeners and the general public.

The purposely designed pollinator garden will result in a landscape that is both attractive and useful. The simple yet detailed components will spark interest throughout the gardening season. Examination of past and present pollinator gardens will be highlighted, along with current garden challenges. Some practical gardening solutions will be explored. Planting tips and tricks for a healthy garden will be described along with recommendations on what to add or subtract or keep in your garden. Not all plants are welcome. The approach is to explore gardening for pollinators, and the result will undoubtedly improve habitat for all. Site selection, plant selection, problem solving and aftercare will be described. In this talk, there will be guidelines to help you narrow down your plant wish list. You will have the tools to make your favorite plant choices from the multitude of resources available today.

Cindy Gilbert has been a volunteer Master Gardener for Transylvania County since 2018 and is interested in all things green and growing. She lives out her long-term interests of gardening and volunteering while sharing her interests in protecting and conserving our fragile world. Cindy became addicted to gardening at a young age thanks to her mother providing her with a rocky garden to plant radish and zinnia seeds. She left South Carolina for North Carolina State University and studied landscape architecture. Later, she went to Auburn University to pursue community planning. One of his first tasks was to identify all the ground covers, shrubs and trees on the Clemson University campus. What fun work! She has worked and volunteered in the design, installation and maintenance of interior and exterior landscapes and gardens for homes, commercial buildings, university landscapes and community gardens. As a landscape professional, she has taught continuing education courses at LSU and presented numerous courses to master gardeners, community leaders, and school children. A highlight of Cindy’s career has been having the honor of providing companion vegetable and flower gardening opportunities for low-income children and seniors. As a master gardener, she wants to give others the opportunity to participate in watching the miracle of a plant growing in the ground and seeing it grow to its full potential.

The conference is sponsored by the Transylvania County Extension Master Gardeners and will take place on Tuesday, June 14 from 10-11 a.m. and will be held in the Board of Elections Conference Room at 150 S. Gaston St, Brevard. The public is welcome and there is no charge. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call (828) 884-3109 with any questions.

Janet Lute is a master gardener.

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