Course Detail: PER401 - Gardening for Native Pollinators

Do you love margaritas? Pumpkins? Blueberries? Have you thanked a pollinator today?

There are over 4,000 native pollinator species in North America that depend upon our gardens and landscapes for food and resources, just as we depend on them. This workshop will provide an overview of our native pollinators and offer techniques that we can use to lure them to work for us in our gardens, while also providing season-appropriate habitats for them in our outdoor spaces.

Student Testimonials:

"Very informative, lots of reference materials to use for my gardening questions. I did not know about all of the beneficial insects there are in the garden! I enjoyed everything about this course!" - Former Student

"I enjoyed the personal examples that were shared and the resources. I learned that even a small change in my garden could make a difference." - Former Student


This course will be delivered online. Classes will be facilitated by a live instructor during the scheduled course times and students should be prepared to participate in the live sessions. Class participation enhances the online student experience.

Several days prior to the start of your course, you will receive an email with information on connecting to the sessions.

Instructor, Marissa Renz, is the owner of Plant Happiness LLC, a market gardening and consulting company located in Fort Wayne. She has completed the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture certifications, has a B.S.in Public Affairs, Environmental Policy which she received at IPFW. Currently she is enrolled in Ivy Tech's Urban Horticulture certification program.  Marissa's research of plants and garden design focuses on creating visually appealing outdoor spaces that also operate as balanced and functional ecosystems.  


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