19 April 2016 |

Dual program addresses pollinators, native plants

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A bee feeds on the nectar of the Rhododendron canescens, commonly called pink native azalea, at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi. A two-part program will focus on attracting and feeding pollinators with native plants May 21 at the arboretum. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Pat Drackett)

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Gardening enthusiasts can learn how to attract pollinators during a two-part program at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum on May 21.

Heather Sullivan, a botanist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will kick off the program with a habitat walk through the arboretum grounds from 10 to 11 a.m. On the tour, she will focus on the pollinators and native plants in each habitat.

Charles Allen, an author and expert on coastal native plants, will discuss using native plants to attract and feed butterflies and moths. A list of host plants and instructions on installing a moon moth garden will be provided. Allen also will give tips on identifying butterflies and moths and photographing moth species.

Allen’s program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Both programs are free to arboretum members and $5 each for nonmembers. Space is limited. To register, call the arboretum at 601-799-2311 by May 20.

For more information about the arboretum or for directions, visit http://www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.

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Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
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Ms. Patricia R. Drackett
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A bee feeds on the nectar of the Rhododendron canescens, commonly called pink native azalea, at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi. A two-part program will focus on attracting and feeding pollinators with native plants May 21 at the arboretum. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Pat Drackett)

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Gardening enthusiasts can learn how to attract pollinators during a two-part program at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum on May 21.

Heather Sullivan, a botanist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will kick off the program with a habitat walk through the arboretum grounds from 10 to 11 a.m. On the tour, she will focus on the pollinators and native plants in each habitat.

Charles Allen, an author and expert on coastal native plants, will discuss using native plants to attract and feed butterflies and moths. A list of host plants and instructions on installing a moon moth garden will be provided. Allen also will give tips on identifying butterflies and moths and photographing moth species.

Allen’s program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Both programs are free to arboretum members and $5 each for nonmembers. Space is limited. To register, call the arboretum at 601-799-2311 by May 20.

For more information about the arboretum or for directions, visit http://www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu.

News Type: 
Feature Story
Filed Under: 
Insects
Share: 
Writer: 
Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
Contacts: 
Ms. Patricia R. Drackett

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