Dive into what's involved in creating a top-notch garden, ready for butterflies and other pollinators. If you like eating cantaloupe, among other crops that depend on pollinators, this class could be a life-saver! On hand will be Ann Brown from the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership (CHAPP) who can answer your more involved questions on the topic.
About the teachers:
Cath Shaw Truelove owns Bees on a Bicycle, a garden center and gift shop located on Market Street in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee's vibrant Southside community. Cath Shaw, who has farming roots from both sides of her family, formerly owned a DC-based landscaping business called Garden of Urban. As part of her work, she developed an inner-city science and math program introducing over 400 youth to gardening. She was certified as a Master Gardener years ago and is known for her gardens featuring both native and exotic plants.
Ann Brown is a retired librarian who regularly speaks on the alarming decline of pollinators. She encourages gardeners to utilize plants native to the southeast area in landscaping in order to support and sustain bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Ann is a member of the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County; Tennessee Valley Wild Ones; North North American Butterfly Association; and, the Chattanooga Ornithological Society. She is a member of the Bee City USA committee for Lookout Mountain, TN and Lookout Mountain, GA. Ann's garden on Lookout Mountain is a certified wildlife habitat that includes a NABA butterfly garden, a pollinator garden, and a Monarch Waystation. She also helps to maintain pollinator gardens at Reflection Riding, Church of Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain and John Wilson Park.