In 1963, American biologist Rachel Carson wrote, “Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” The declining population of pollinators is sad for those of us who have grown up observing them and enjoying their beauty. This decline, however, not only impacts their numbers but the well-being of mankind. Pollinators need our help. The good news is it is not too late to save them. In this talk, UC Master Gardener volunteer Annette Abbott will introduce us to various Northern California pollinators and show us how we can help them by creating a pollinator habitat in our own outdoor space.
Annette spent many of her adult years living in a small apartment in Hong Kong with very little need to garden. When she moved to California, she purchased a home that came with a yard full of issues – invasive plants, crowded trees, bamboo and more. She was determined to teach herself how to correct those problems. At about the same time she saw an ad for the UC Master Gardener program! Annette was a true beginner, but so far has successfully greened the lawn, “edited” out all the bad plants and planted decorative ornamentals. Her focus is on ornamentals since this supports her Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) hobby, but she is also dabbling in herb gardens and propagation. It has been a never ending (and fun) education. Annette is a UC Master Gardener volunteer from the class of 2019 and a teacher for the Growing Gardeners program.