Winters library hosting series on wildflowers and pollinators

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Yolo County Library is hosting a series of events on wildflowers and pollinators at the Teaching Garden at the Winters Community Library now through June. (Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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 receiving a grant to fund a series of monthly events that will focus on wildflowers and pollinators at the Winters Community Library from March through June.

Yolo County Library was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants as a recipient of the #PlantWildflowers grant. The grant is an education and action initiative to highlight pollinator diversity and spark local efforts to support wild pollinators, and is provided by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature.

Library staff have worked in partnership with UCCE Master Gardeners to plan a variety of events for all ages to experience in the Teaching Garden at the Winters Community Library (708 Railroad Ave).

“We’re excited for this opportunity to highlight the crucial role bees and other pollinators play in the success and health of local ecosystems,” said Winters Community Library Branch Supervisor Ashleigh Torres. “Our Teaching Garden is a perfect example of what the #PlantWildflowers Initiative is trying to do — encourage community collaboration to better our environment.”

The first event is being hosted on Saturday, March 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plant-a-Flower Day offers a Bilingual storytime in Spanish and English followed by activity stations including wildflower seed planting, seed bomb creation, craft-making and a Q&A session with the Master Gardeners.

Other events in the series are scheduled for:

Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Plant Sale and Garden Tours: Pollinator plant sales, Master Gardeners Q&A, garden-themed book sale, art show, and guided tours.

Friday, April 22, 11 a.m.
Earth Day Extravaganza: Bilingual storytime in Spanish and English followed by butterfly release party.

Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
World Bee Day: Bilingual storytime in Spanish and English followed by outdoor screening of the new documentary film, My Garden of a Thousand Bees, by world renowned wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn.

Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.
Fairytale Town Presents, Pollinators and Decomposers: Family program about beneficial insects with live bees and bugs.

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Pollinator Talk and Garden Tours: Lecture by UCD experts, book display, information tables, and guided tours.

Additionally, free wildflower seed packets tailored for Northern California will be available at all events while supplies last. Community members can drop by the Winters Community Library to pick up a free pollinator-themed take-and-make kit April through June. The kit themes will change monthly.

Yolo County Library is inviting community members to participate in a BioBlitz citizen science project by collecting and recording information about local plants and wildlife using the iNaturalist app. Instructions on how to participate are available at the library. Those who utilize the Teaching Garden as their BioBlitz site will receive an entry to a weekly prize drawing.

Through a grant from the Winters Friends of the Library, the pollinator-friendly garden was established in 2019. The Teaching Garden is open to the public during library hours and provides space for events including workshops led by the Master Gardeners, outdoor library storytimes, and school group activities, as well as proving library patrons with an opportunity for quiet reflection.

The Teaching Garden has blossomed from a collaborative work partnership of several community groups, including Yolo County UCCE Master Gardeners, City of Winters, Winters Joint Unified School District, Winters Friends of the Library and Yolo County Library.

For more information on events or the Teaching Garden, visit yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/teaching-garden/ or connect with Yolo County Library social media account on Facebook (@yolocountylibrary.org) and Instagram (@yolocountylibrary).

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