Bear Creek Offers 'Pollinators And Root Systems' Program

Published 4:02 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, Bear Creek Lake State Park will partner with the Virginia Master Naturalist Central Piedmont chapter and the Friends of Bear Creek Lake to present a program: Pollinators and Root Systems.

Two outstanding presenters will be sharing their knowledge with presentations to be followed by informal and self-guided walks. Grace Chapman, director of horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, will present on “Creating a Pollinator Garden with Native Plants.” She will discuss how pollinators are ecologically and economically important creatures especially today with so many native pollinators in decline due to disease, habitat loss and pesticide use.

Alexander Elton, plant health care manager at Arborscapes, LLC, will present the “Root Systems of Trees.” He will discuss how taking care of tree roots benefit the residential garden.

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The program is from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5/person, payable at the door. Proceeds from the seminar will benefit the 2013 Virginia Master Naturalist youth nature camp. Space is limited to 65 participants. To reserve a space, contact the Bear Cree Lake State Park Office at 804-492-4410. Immediately following the presentations, lunch will be available at the Hall at $4 to 45 per plate; proceeds from the lunch will benefit the Friends of Bear Creek Lake.

The park is located about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.