Soils and VermicompostingWinona State University will host “Gardening for Pollinators” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Pasteur Hall.

The workshop explores the value of pollinators and explains how to create a sustainable landscape that attracts pollinators (mainly native bees) using native plants.

Participants will explore the diversity of pollinators and their ecological benefits to plants and the environment; discover the biology of selected native bees and how their livelihood is strictly linked to specific plant species; identify the characteristics and growth needs of perennial native plants that are needed to invite pollinators in our gardens; and assemble and take home a Bumble Bee nest box.

Instructor Bruno Borsari, associate professor of biology at WSU, has 25 years of experience in habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture.

Cost to attend is $85. Registration fee includes participant materials, refreshments and a box lunch.

The workshop is the final installment of the 2013-14 Urban Micro-Farming Workshop Series, offered through WSU Outreach and Continuing Education with support from the WSU Foundation. To learn more or register, visit winona.augusoft.net or call 507-457-5080.

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