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Earth Week at GreenThumb

Join us for Earth Week at GreenThumb, where we'll be learning about and uplifting the ecological benefits of native plants and pollinators in community gardens. All workshops will be virtual, free, open to the public, and will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel. Please RSVP using the links below to receive the Zoom link.

Growing a Wild Classroom: Designing Habitats for Outdoor Learning
Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Creating habitats that provide NYC's bees, butterflies, and birds with much-needed nourishment is is an important function of our gardens. How can these gardens also function as classrooms? The National Wildlife Federation helps create Schoolyard and Community Habitat gardens all over NYC. During this workshop, they will teach you how to to create a habitat garden that cultivates curiosity, and offers an array of rich educational experiences.

Facilitated by Sarah Ward, National Wildlife Federation
Bees Please: A Guide to Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators
Wednesday, April 21, noon - 1:00 p.m.
Bees are vital to the pollination of plants and environmental growth. Join Urban Park Rangers as we demonstrate low cost and sustainable ways to attract and house some of New York City’s most compatible, beneficial, and hardworking pollinators.
Optional supplies to have on hand to build your first low-cost bee house which may include: Washed out Gatorade/soda/water bottle, natural reeds (Phragmites preferred) cardboard from paper towel or toilet paper rolls, brown shopping bag, scissors, tape, soil.
Facilitated by Ashley Whited, NYC Urban Park Ranger

Design Your Garden To Attract Pollinators
Thursday, April 22, noon - 1:00 p.m.

This webinar focuses on the capacity of gardens to provide habitat for beneficial insects. Participants will learn and discuss elements of design, habitat requirements, and options for native plants for an effective pollinator garden. Enjoy a brief overview of pollinators in NYC, learn design tips for structuring a pollinator garden with horticultural and habitat recommendations. Workshop will show examples of pollinator gardens.

Facilitated by Ursula Chanse (Bronx Green-Up of The New York Botanical Garden) and Chrissy Word (Butterfly Project NYC)
Making Herbal Teas & Infusions with Pollinator Plants
Thursday, April 22, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Herbs make great teas - and also help feed pollinators! Join herbalist H. Stephen Reid to learn about making teas and infusions with fantastic household medicinal herbs that you can also grow in your community garden as excellent pollinator habitats.
Facilitated by H. Stephen Reid, community gardener at Maple Street Community Garden


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