BUMBA Presents Bees!

BUMBA Presents Bees!

Come visit during lunch on June 25th to learn everything our local Bowie Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association has to share about keeping bees!
Can’t Fail Containers – Gardening Basics and Beyond with Kathy Jentz

Can’t Fail Containers – Gardening Basics and Beyond with Kathy Jentz

From what type of soils to use to what plants do best in our region, Kathy Jentz will cover the basics of growing successful container plantings. She will cover both ornamental and edible containers as well as the different styles and fashions in container gardening. Books signing to follow. One lucky attendant will win the container garden that Kathy designs during her talk!
Native Bees Talk Presentation with Sam Droege

Native Bees Talk Presentation with Sam Droege

Sam Droege of the USGS is sharing his wealth of knowledge about North American Native Bees with Patuxent Nursery. These beneficial pollinators work a little differently than their non-native cousins, so it's important to know how to identify them and how to help support their populations in our area.
Tis the Season for Butterfly Bushes

Tis the Season for Butterfly Bushes

In full bloom this week: the bodacious butterfly bush. From June to October, each shrub flaunts long conical clusters of vibrant blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. The Butterfly Effect With an abundance of nectar, these shrubs are a perfect hangout for any social butterfly. Their honey scented fragrance is a magnet to any passing butterfly. New cultivars come in a wide range of colors from white to fuchsia to dark purple and everything in between. The Ground Rules First things first, good soil is the basis for a good plant.…continue reading →
Purposeful Planting: Nature’s Pollinator Gardens

Purposeful Planting: Nature’s Pollinator Gardens

Twelve years ago, the US Senate dedicated one week in June as National Pollinator Week. This effort raised awareness of the declining pollinator populations and helped to educate people internationally about the importance of pollinators in the ecosystem.   What are pollinators? Pollinators are primarily insects like bees, flies, and butterflies, but can also be birds or small mammals. These animals move pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers fertilizing plants as they go. When flowers have been fertilized, they produce seeds surrounded by fruit.   Why do we need them?…continue reading →