NATIONAL POLLINATORS MONTH
National Pollinators Month in June encourages the planting of pollinator gardens of native, non-invasive pollen and nectar-producing plants. When these gardens bloom, they attract bees, birds, bats, and other natural pollinators.
Each of these species makes the difference between valuable fruits and vegetables on our tables and going without. As we plant and encourage these natural habitats, we’re putting food on the table, too. According to the National Wildlife Federation, pollinators are responsible for 1 of every 3 bites we take. That’s a lot of pollinating!
While we’re planting native flowers and trees, we’re also providing for our future. Pollinators such as the monarch butterfly and the honeybee have been in decline. While all the reasons have not been identified, increasing the available habitat does help! Try these tips to get started on the right path to a pollinator garden:
- Choose bright flowers – The colors and scent attract pollinators to your garden.
- Here are just a few pollinators plants native in Virginia: New England Asters, New Jersey Tea and Wild Bergamot. Learn more here.
- Plant for every season – While this means primarily to choose a variety of plants so you’re attracting pollinators all year long, it also has another purpose. In the winter, these plants may be dormant, but they will provide a variety of seeds for pollinators to eat, bringing them back year after year.
- Welcome insects – Most of them are pollinators, too. Good bugs have the benefit of helping to keep pests at bay.
- Invite birds to your garden – Add birdhouses, provide seed or flowers they enjoy, supply a water source.
THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR
Spring will come to an end, and Summer will officially begin on June 21, the longest day of the year. June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and each year on the longest day of the year — also known as the summer solstice — the Alzheimer’s Association promotes The Longest Day events around the nation and across the globe. The Longest Day is all about love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and raising funds and awareness to help end Alzheimer’s. Why June 21? The duration of the sunrise-to-sunset event on the longest day of the year symbolizes the challenging journey faced by those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to turn their passions and hobbies into unique experiences they can share with others as they participate in The Longest Day to honor those living with the disease.
Summer’s best holiday is approaching fast – Fourth of July! We will celebrate with food, fun and games! Watch for our July activities calendar for updates on when the celebration will be.
Growing up, you may have heard that we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because that’s the day the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, but that’s not technically true! Although the Declaration was adopted on July 4, 1776, it wasn’t signed by most people until a month later. Read HERE for more interesting Fourth of July facts and history.
As we prepare for America’s birthday, let’s remember what this day is truly about – celebration of nationhood and remembrance of those who fought and served for the peace of our nation. Looking forward to celebrating with you!
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Executive Director, Anthology of Midlothian