Serving up a pollination education


Local News

August 16, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Though Ron Holman wasn?t able to make it to the ?Pollinator Tour? hosted by the Southwind Extension Master Gardner?s on Thursday evening in front of the Allen County Courthouse, volunteers June Stipp and Judy Arbeiter made it known that the flowers on display were there because of him.

Holman, grounds director at the courthouse, has been planting flowers in the courthouse lawn for a number of years. Over time, he has steered it into a butterfly garden.

?We used to have flower pots out here, but they began deteriorating so I started planting them directly into the ground. It has been a lot of trial and error. I get advice from the Southwind Extension Office, I get a lot of help from TLC. The folks at TLC have been extremely helpful,? Holman said of the LaHarpe garden center. ?They tell me if they are having a lot of success with a certain type of plant each year. They know pollinator-friendly plants and give me advice.?

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