Design your own butterfly & pollinator garden
GRINNELL – Brighten up your garden with some beautiful butterflies this spring and summer. Iowa Valley Continuing Education is offer a fun and informative new class in Grinnell, Design Your Own Butterfly & Pollinator Garden.
Butterfly and pollinator populations are dwindling as habitat and food sources become scarce. These insects are vital to our ecosystems and agriculture. Restoring native plants to your land, no matter where you live, will allow you to attract and observe these insects and help butterflies and pollinators continue to survive. It may also benefit your vegetable garden. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to select native plants to use, develop a planting map for your butterfly and pollinator garden, estimate cost, and determine management strategies that consider public perception issues. Suggestions for trees and shrubs that host butterfly larvae will be part of the process. Leave with a map and plan in hand ready to implement.
Instructor Jim Kessler has over 30 years of experience restoring native plants on his own land and at Newton High School where he worked as a science teacher. He focuses on well planned restoration based on careful historical research and thorough preparation of the site. He now consults landowners on how to restore native habitat. Participants should bring a map of their property to class, either printed from internet or hand drawn to scale.
Design Your Own Butterfly & Pollinator Garden will be offered on Tuesday, April 29. Class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Iowa Valley Grinnell, 123 6th Avenue West, room 204. Register for course ENV 1003(1). Cost is $8.
Registration can be completed by contacting Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645. Find more information and register at www.IowaValley.com. Contact Jordan Scheibel at Jordan.Scheibel@iavalley.edu or 641-269-2208 with questions.