june, 2018

23jun9:00 am5:30 pmBees: For the Love of Affinis


Event Details

ROSEVILLE, MN, June 7–The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, is co-hosting the educational event Bees: For the Love of Affinis with the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology Bee and Pollinator Research Lab on June 23, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will take place during National Pollinator Week on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus at the Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave., St Paul, MN. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 16, 2018. Tickets to this full day of education are $100 per person and include parking, Korean taco bar lunch buffet catered by 1851 Heritage Catering and additional refreshments. The event will be zero waste.

MSHS and the Bee Lab are bringing together scientists, artists and nature conservationists to talk about the future of bee research, make bee art and learn to create healthy habitats for pollinators like our endangered native pollinator, the rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Participants will get updates on the latest research from the UMN Department of Entomology Bee Lab and learn about the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee, bee nesting habitat, creating bee lawns and more.

Gardening expert Heidi Heiland of Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens and Heidi’s GrowHaus, will talk about pollinator gardens, how important they are for the environment and what home gardeners can do to create habitat and provide food for pollinators.

The event will include a tour of the newly built UMN Bee and Pollinator Research Facility—including their pollinator garden—and the UMN Insect Collection. At the Heimpel Lab in the UMN Dept of Entomology, participants will learn about beneficial insects and biological control of pest insects. A panel discussion and Ask the Experts tables will give event participants multiple opportunities to have their specific pollinator questions answered.

Environmental artist Sarah Nassif, who works to connect people, plants and bees, will talk about the role of art in bee conservation. She will also create a print design for the event that participants can make and take home with them.

“What Sarah brings to this event is the connection between art and policy, and the notion that community engaged art making can be a great tool for activating the public,” says MSHS Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Lara Lau-Schommer, who is leading MSHS’ efforts in coordinating the event. “Art influences culture, and culture influences public policy.  So art is a great place to start to inspire positive social change.”

MSHS’ mission is to serve northern gardeners through education, encouragement and community. It was founded in 1866 as an association of fruit growers who took on the challenge of growing apples in a northern climate. Today, MSHS serves northern gardeners of all experience levels through community outreach and educational programs, membership, Northern Gardener magazine and classes. The organization addresses current issues in horticulture, such as helping gardeners provide habitat and food for pollinators and helping low-income families and at-risk youth learn to vegetable garden, and continues to cultivate communities and connect plants and people.


(Saturday) 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

Cargill Building, 1500 Gortner Ave., St Paul, MN


Minnesota Horticultural Society