In celebration of Australian Pollinator Week, Sustainable Gardening Australia is hosting an online Masterclass. Join Dr Lena Alice Schmidt as she shows you how to create a floral banquet to encourage native insects to your garden. Planting native flowers in your garden is a powerful way to foster biodiversity and contribute to the health of your local ecosystem. Planting a variety of flowering plant species helps cater for the needs of a wide range of native insects and their different life stages year-round. Native insects, including bees, flies, wasps and even ants, provide vital pollination and pest control services. By creating a thriving habitat for these crucial species, you enable the reproduction of countless plant species while increasing yields of your home-grown produce. Additionally, native flowers are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, making them low-maintenance choices that reduce the need for pesticides and excessive watering. As your garden becomes a haven for native flora and fauna, you will witness a vibrant array of life flourishing around you, ultimately helping to preserve the delicate balance of nature in your area. Presenter: Dr Lena Alice Schmidt Lena is a pollination biologist and the director at Buzz Ecology. She has dedicated her life to working across Europe, Africa, and the last 6 years across the Australian eastern seaboard working with Australia’s leading growers and revegetation/land management companies. Lena specialises in native flora and fauna to promote pollinator conservation and sustainable agricultural practices. She actively engages in outreach and education efforts to raise awareness about the critical role of native pollinators and the threats they face, and volunteers for the Australian Native Bee Association.
What you will learn
How individuals can plant native wildflower gardens to attract a range of native insects – including bees