PSBA Meeting May 27 2014

We hope to see you at May meeting this Tuesday, the 27th!

  • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
  • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
  • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter:  Native Pollinators in the Garden with Julie O’Donald.  Julie is a Master Gardener and Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward with over 30 years of experience creating wildlife friendly gardens. She has focused on the use of native plants in the home landscape and the benefits that specific native plants offer to wildlife. Julie’s personal certified wildlife habitat contains over 200 species of native plants and has been successfully attracting native birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects for more than 20 years. She also uses non-native plants such as blueberries in garden habitat design for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Active in educational community outreach, Julie volunteers for the Washington Native Plant Society, the Washington Butterfly Association, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and the National Wildlife Federation.  Photos from Julie’s garden were published in Pacific Horticulture’s summer 2013 issue, available on-line.

Native Pollinators in the Garden. In August 2012 a rare pollinator was discovered in Julie’s habitat garden in Brier, WA. She will explain the steps that led to making a pollinator friendly garden and the re-discovery of a missing pollinator, Bombus occidentalis. This program will help identify a variety of pollinators which may be found in Puget Sound gardens and natural areas. Landscape features which promote healthy pollinator populations will be discussed. The program will provide a look at native plants beneficial to pollinators and show ways to incorporate native plants into garden and park landscapes.  Discussion on how to certify your yard with National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and its resources.