College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources event focuses on pollinator-protection awareness

Event will include plant sale and kids activities

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jody Smith, (808) 956-7711
College of Trop Ag and Human Resources
Posted: Jun 6, 2018

UH Mānoa’s O‘ahu Urban Garden Center will promote pollinator-protection awareness and strategies at its Second Saturday at the Garden event on June 9, 2018, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is coordinated by the Bee Hui, a group of trained volunteers who raise bees at the center and who provide community education and outreach about bees’ and other pollinators’ essential services. More education and outreach will be provided by members of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), including new bee expert, assistant researcher Chrissy Mogren.

Activities include hands-on honeybee stations with members of the UH Beelab, including a native pollinators station featuring endemic yellow-faced bees, Kamehameha butterflies and mamaki plants for sale; a monarch butterfly tent; and a photo booth. Keiki will be able to make a bee house. There will be a sale of pollinator-themed plants grown and contributed by the O‘ahu Master Gardeners, and a tour of the center’s pollinator garden to offer ideas and tips. Participants can add their pledge to protect pollinators on a garden mural. The Plant Doctor booth will answer plant and garden questions and will educate visitors about how to prevent pollinator poisoning.

The Urban Garden Center, one of the research and Extension stations of CTAHR, is a 30-acre site in Pearl City that serves as a one-stop educational outreach center where the public can get help and inspiration for home gardens through school tours, workshops and demonstrations. Techniques showcased include home-garden irrigation solutions, xeriscaping, grafting and companion planting.



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