10th Anniversary Event

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Date(s) - 09/18/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center



Celebrating a decade of
promoting native plants in the landscape


Registration is encouraged for the 10th Anniversary Celebration. Register on Eventbrite NOW!




Heather Holm, Landscape Designer and Consultant, Author

Program Description:

Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, Shrubs, and Trees

Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants, shrubs, and trees for different site conditions.

Bio: Heather Holm is a horticulturist and biologist, as well as a writer, designer, and publisher. In addition to taking part in native bee research projects, she informs and educates audiences nationwide, through her writing and many presentations, about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. In her most recent research project, she assisted University of Minnesota Extension faculty in a two-year study to determine the types of native bees present in cultivated blueberry farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The study included developing customized plans to enhance and expand both forage crops and nesting sites for bees within the farms.

Heather has written for Houzz, a social media website, about pollinators, beneficial insects, and native plants. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, established her as a knowledgeable resource on the subject of the interactions between native bees and native plants. Her new book is titled Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide.

In her spare time, Heather is an active community supporter, writing grants and coordinating neighborhood volunteer landscape restoration projects. Currently, she is working on three projects with volunteers, restoring approximately ten acres of city-owned land in her neighborhood.



Heather’s books will be available for purchase at the event.






Registration is encouraged for the 10th Anniversary Celebration. Register on Eventbrite beginning August 1. 



This event is co-sponsored with 

Park in Lot 9, 10, or 11      Download  Calvin campus map

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