Gardeners have an important role to play in protecting pollinators. Learn how you can provide habitat for hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths and bats, safely manage pests, and provide specific plants that support pollinators in your own yard to help them survive our local extreme climate.
- Learn about our Sonoran desert pollinators: bees (both native and honeybees), butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and bats.
- Develop specific strategies in your gardening practices to help lessen threats to pollinators.
- Learn some Integrated Pest Management techniques to combat pests without poisoning our pollinators.
- What specifically you can do in your garden to provide the proper habitat to help our pollinators thrive.
- Which plants are best for each pollinator.
Speakers: Lee Ann Aronson and Mike Hills
Lee Ann Aronson is a native of Phoenix, AZ. She began her interest in bees at age 14 months; when, as she watched a bee, she got up and walked for the first time as the bee flew from flower to flower. Lee Ann is a graduate of Arizona State University. She completed her Master Gardener instruction in 2002 and often presents for the Master Gardener program at Home & Garden Shows, gardening clubs and community organizations. She has been an editor for the Arizona Herb Association newsletter for more than a decade.
Mike Hills has lived & gardened in Arizona since 1965 when his parents moved the family to Tucson from California. He received his BSc degree in Agronomy & Plant Sciences from the University of Arizona. Mike completed his MCE Master Gardener training in 1996, and has presented on various gardening and pollinator topics through the MG program in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, plus to gardening clubs and other interested groups as a MCE Master Gardener. In addition, Mike has volunteered as a trail guide for Boyce Thompson Arboretum on their Curandero Trail and Herb Garden. He has been a member of the Arizona Herb Association since 1989, and manages the herb demonstration garden at MCE with MG and fellow Herbie Pam Perry.