Insect Hotels: Build Your Own

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Instructor: Frederique Lavoipierre & Stephanie Ranes

Location: Cottage Deck

Spaces still available.  Please register at the class.

Build a Bug Hotel!

A hands on workshop using natural materials to build a "hotel" that can provide a habitat for garden insects. Learn about some common garden insects, why it is important to provide them with habitat, and take home your own handmade, artistic bug hotel. We will be outside to assemble our hotels and learn about bugs, so dress appropriately.

Great for all ages.

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Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of EducationFrederique Lavoipierre is the Director of Education at the Garden. In addition to teaching at the Garden, she also gives presentations on many aspects of sustainable landscaping, including ecological principles and practices, habitat gardens, beneficial insects, soil ecology, and on fresh-water ecology and aquatic invertebrates. One of her special interests is how to use the techniques of conservation biological control (CBC) to reduce pesticide use, leading to cleaner water and healthier ecosystems.

Image of Stephanie RanesStephanie Ranes is a coowner of Sage and Willow California Gardens, a landscape company in Santa Barbara focusing on California native plants and drought tolerant landscapes. Prior to running her own business she was a gardener at the Garden where she developed her knowledge and appreciation of native plants. She holds an Associate degree from SBCC in Horticulture and volunteers when she can with Channel Islands Restoration doing environmental restoration locally and on the Islands.

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