Petrolia in Bloom Introduces “Bee a Pollinator” Program

Posted: May 14, 2019

Petrolia in Bloom Introduces “Bee a Pollinator” Program

Petrolia in Bloom is proud to announce a new program that is taking place in Petrolia. “Bee a Pollinator” is a program to encourage residents to work alongside the Committee of Council to help save honeybees and Monarch butterflies. The program will launch at the Farmers’ Market Grand Opening celebration and barbecue on May 25, 2019.

Volunteers from the Committee will be present at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market site (396 Fletcher Street, Petrolia) from 7:30 a.m. – noon with an information table and offering free Mammoth Russian Sunflower seeds. The Committee will also be selling $15.00 Canadian Wildlife Federation “Help the Monarch” and “Help the Pollinators” kits. The “Help the Monarch’s” kits contain four perennial Monarch attracting plants, including Sage, two Butterfly Flowers and Purple Coneflower and the “Help the Pollinators” kits contain four perennial bee attracting plants including Bee Balm, Blanket Flower, Yarrow and Russian Sage. The kits will be sold by Windover Nurseries with all proceeds going back to the Committee to assist in the “Bee a Pollinator” program.

The Committee is hoping to hand out 10,000 Mammoth Russian Sunflower seeds to encourage residents to participate in their efforts to help the honeybee population. Bees need wildflower pollen and nectar to stay happy and healthy so planting sunflowers, a variety of wildflowers, is a fun and easy way to help the bees. In addition to planting the Monarch attracting plants, avoiding the use of garden pesticides has proven to be a solution help Monarch Butterflies as well.