Horticulture

WORCESTER GARDEN CLUB

Resilient Landscapes

January 14, 2019
Presented by Melanie Kenney

Resources

EPA New England Ecoregion Map with key:
ftp://newftp.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/ORD/Ecoregions/reg1/new_eng_map_hill.pdf

The Beecology Project:

an interactive website (and app!) developed to examine functional relationships between New England bumblebee species and our local flora. The website has great graphics showing associations between bumblebees, flowers, and geography, while the app teaches you how to identify bumblebees and upload videos to the Beecology database: ftp://newftp.epa.gov/EPADataCommons/ORD/Ecoregions/reg1/new_eng_map_hill.pdf

Wild Seed Project blog

(link to Buddleja example):
https://wildseedproject.net/2017/03/disconnect-garden-aesthetics-local-ecology/"

New England Wild Flower Society Horticutural PlantSearch tool,

where you can search for plants based on light conditions, moisture, wildlife value, flower color, fruit color, season, and ornamental interest:
http://plantfinder.newenglandwild.org/Plant-Search

National Wildlife Federation's Native Plant Finder,

a tool to find native plants that will support the most butterflies and moths, tailored to your zipcode!
http://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/

Forcing Branches

The following websites will give you great information on forcing branches for our Grown-up, In-House Flower Show on April 23. Schedule is posted on homepage and design.

TIMING YOUR CUTTINGS
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION on FORCING BRANCHES

Case Statement proposing The Pollinator

Background:

Led by Cindy Pitcher, a group of WGC volunteer members has met 5 times since September 2015 to consider a project for our club. We have discussed what its parameters and goals would be; we have had "investigative meetings" with other local groups (Tower Hill, Broad Meadow Brook/Audubon and Ecotarium) to learn what they are planning, and to avoid duplicating their efforts. We've explored excellent Internet resources for our own information and for how we might use them. We have staffed a Pro-Pollinator table at the Ecotarium for their Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2016.

The need for this project:

At issue is the worldwide, unprecedented decline of pollinators ( honey bees, other bees, moths, bats, birds, and butterflies) attributed to a host of reasons including global warming, "colony collapse disorder", many toxic insecticides and herbicides proven to disrupt bee lives, mites, and viruses. Pollinators have been essential for life on this planet: most of the world's food supply, especially vegetables, fruits, nuts (and chocolate!) require pollination to produce crops.

Goals of The Pollinator Initiative to protect and promote pollinators: