2014 Theme: Pollinators!
From butterflies to bees, birds to beetles, the dynamic relationship of flowering plants and their animal pollinators was the subject of this year’s interpretive theme. You can still visit us this season to see and learn about Maine’s fascinating diversity of wild pollinators – and many of the various beautiful blooms that sustain them!
In the Gardens, we had classes where children and adults learned to design a butterfly garden or accompanied a biologist to observe pollinating insects in the day – or night! In the Story Barn, we discovered tales and activities about bugs – then creep, crawl or fly out and through the nearby Pollinator Learning Garden, including Monarch butterflies raised in the Children’s Garden Greenhouse earlier this summer. In the Education Center, we’ve enjoyed art and photography inspired by pollination and hosted a lecture on hummingbird ecology. Whatever your age or interest, there have been numerous ways to explore the interconnectedness of plants and these charismatic and critical members of our fauna.
Here are a few images of our favorite, most common pollinators at the Gardens:
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