Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

"Gardening from the Insects' Perspective"
Louise Romanow, Ph.D., Extension Master Gardener Volunteer of Wake County

  • Monday, April 25, 2022 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Native bees are much more important as pollinators than are European honey bees. For many native bees, ovipositing and overwintering sites are in the hollow stems of standing, dead plant material or in leaf litter. Let's rethink how we care for our gardens, especially fall cleanup, keeping leaf litter on the ground and leaving dead stalks of herbaceous and woody plants, to maintain these valuable sites for native insects. Remember, as Piet Oudolf said, brown is a color, too!

bumblebees on dahlia flower

About Louise Romanow

Louise Romanow has always been interested in plants, especially in nature. To find work outside with the goal of working toward a healthier planet, she studied entomology at NC State University, getting a PhD. She is now a Master Gardener volunteer with Wake Extension Service, and often answers homeowner questions, writes occasional articles, gives occasional talks, and helps put together our biennial training for new volunteers. She spends as much time as she can outside, in her (now deer-fenced) gardens.

Joining the Online Presentation

This program is being offered in person as well as online. If you want to join us online, visit the URL below to register:

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Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Extension Master Gardeners, Department of Horticultural Science staff and faculty, NC State University students, and online participants; otherwise $5.00.
Advance registration is not available for in-person attendees. Check-in available at the door. Registration for online attendees available at
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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