monarch butterfly perched on flowers




2:30pm - 4:00pm


4/27, 5/4, 5/11 & 5/18

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Making home gardens more pollinator-friendly is critical to conservation efforts, and it also makes our landscape more beautiful and enjoyable for the family. We will explore why and how to give pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds the habitat they need to thrive, with lots of ideas for flowering plants that will keep them busy through the seasons!

Chris Ferrero is a Cornell Master Gardener from Dutchess County, NY.   She speaks regularly at libraries, garden clubs and conferences from the Hudson Valley to the Berkshires. For Cornell Cooperative Extension she has led demonstration garden teams and children’s workshops, and serves other initiatives to lend expertise in shade perennials, flowering shrubs, native plants and deer deterrence.  A retired corporate marketing director who has served on several nonprofit boards, Chris now does consulting for businesses and nonprofits, and enjoys speaking and volunteering as a tour guide at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Course Materials:

Polllinators Handout Class Outline.pdf

Polllinators Handout Class Outline.pdf

Links from the first session, 4/27/20:

Smithsonian: The Why, What, When, Where, Who, How of Pollination

U. S. Forest Service: Pollinator Friendly Practices

Nests for Native Bees  

How to Build a Bee Condo (U. S. Forest Service Activities for Kids)

Handouts for Session 3, 5/11/20:

Plant List Form Chris Ferrero.xlsx

Links for Session 4, 5/18/20:

Handout: Tallamy Native Plants from SLambert.xlsx

Milkweeds of the Northeast Fact Sheet:


Cornell Site on Creating Pollinator Habitat with IPM:


Solar Field Pollinator Planting Article from Scott Lambert:


Neonicitinoid regulation in Mass:


Mass. Audubon: An Act to Protect Pollinators


Tallamy Native Plant Finder on National Wildlife Federation Site:

Additional Materials:

Plant List Form FINAL Chris Ferrero.xlsx

Plant List Form FINAL Chris Ferrero.pdf

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