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Learn about planting for pollinators

MIDDLEBURY/NEW HAVEN — Now that the “Bee the Change Initiative” is successfully up and running, the Middlebury Garden Club will host Dr. Mike Kiernan, the project’s creator, for a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. at The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Road.
Through “Bee the Change,” Kiernan and his wife Tawnya identify under-used properties, including solar farms in particular, for planting flowers, shrubs and trees attractive to pollinators.
The plantings provide screening for the panels and habitat for pollinators — many of which have seen declines in recent years. After the presentation, Kiernan will lead a tour of the plantings at the solar panel field at Tourterelle, 3521 Ethan Allen Highway in New Haven in New Haven, where the Kiernans have planted almost 100 different kinds of plants. This lecture qualifies for master gardener educational credits.

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