Rindge Conservation Commission offers pollinator program

Published: 06-08-2024 9:00 AM

Rindge Conservation Commission invites the public to attend “Growing a Pollinator Garden” Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Rindge Recreation Center, 283 Wellington Road.  

Advanced Master Gardener Ruth Droescher will present, and Fassett Farm Nursery will offer native plants at this free event. The presentation will cover how insects such as bees and butterflies, whose populations are declining, pollinate food crops including apples, berries and vegetables. Droescher will give recommendations for planting flowers, wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and flowering trees, with an emphasis on the use of native plants to encourage and support natural pollinators. 

Droescher has gardened in New Hampshire for more than 26 years, and her yard is a certified wildlife habitat registered with National Wildlife Federation and a monarch way station certified by Monarch Watch. She works at a Henniker garden center, as an Herbalist education adviser and as a consultant to homeowners creating ecologically sound landscapes.

Fassett Farm Nursery, located on Mountain Road in Jaffrey, offers plants native to the Northeast and a selection of edible and medicinal plants.  Fassett Farm also provides garden consultation, design, and installation services.

The Rindge Conservation Commission  monitors and protects wetlands, lakeshores, watersheds and other natural resources within the Town of Rindge. Hikes, workdays, special projects and events are held regularly to involve and educate the public about conservation areas and the benefits of preserving land for the future. Town-owned conservation lands are open to the public daily for outdoor recreation.

The next Conservation Commission event will be a pollinator hike on June 16, 1:30 p.m. at Contoocook Marsh Conservation Area on County Road. For information about upcoming events, send email to the Rindge Conservation Commission at rindgeconcom@rindgenh.gov.