UNH research evaluating the relative attractiveness to pollinators of new varieties of old standards such as purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, a common garden perennial. Photo by Cathy Neal/UNH

Pollinator gardens are a very hot topic – partly, I suspect, because they seem like a straightforward way to help a serious environmental issue, the alarming decline in populations of bees and other pollinators.

UNH says the interest is so overwhelming that they are holding a free, public workshop on Tuesday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane, Durham.

There will be a tour of the station, which has been researching this topic for 10 years, discussions about whether and how to create a garden, and important policy issues and even funding help.

If you want to do, please register by calling (603) 862-3200 or online at https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_diH2eqJogBRfphb.

A bumblebee at the UNH wildflower research station.

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