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

Marissa Renz is the owner of Plant Happiness LLC, a garden consultation and design company located in Fort Wayne. After receiving her B.S. in Public Policy, Environmental Affairs, she received training in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Urban Agriculture programs.  In 2023, she completed the Oregon State University Professional Permaculture Design Program. In the last decade, Marissa has worked in property management, provided designs and installations for clients, permaculture, community education, and organic market gardening.  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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