For the bees: Backyard pollinator habitat

June 21, 2018, 10 a.m.
(Rain date: June 22nd)
Step outside and see where the bees live! Take a look at real honeybee hives and where bees search for food. But domestic honey bees are just a fraction of the pollinator workforce. So, we will explore the diversity of flowering plants in gardens, meadows, and forests that keep all pollinators in business.

Join us!

Please sign up by calling Hali at (757) 442-5885 or emailing
By Ferran Pestaña from Barcelona, Spain, via Wikimedia Commons

Without pollinators we wouldn’t be able to grow or eat many of your and your family’s favorite foods. You can make a difference and provide for their basic needs in your yard. Discover what pollinators need to survive, why they are essential to the world around us, what’s putting them at risk, and how you can help in your own back yard.

Holly Point Farm

Our host, Tony Picardi, will lead the pollinator excursion at his home, Holly Point Farm. “When I walk down the same paths in our woods that we’ll take, I think of my mother saying, ‘We would rather have you preserve the woods than plant us underneath a piece of granite.’ And I remember the joy it gave her to traverse those paths looking at the trees, mushrooms, wildflowers, and butterflies,” said Tony. So, in 2011, in honor of his parents, the Picardis placed a conservation easement on their property. In addition to preserving family legacy, Tony explains, “Conservation easements are instrumental to preserving ecosystem services, natural beauty, and our own mental health.”

The Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust (VES Land Trust) works with landowners, like Tony, to permanently protect the farms, forests, wetlands, waters, and heritage of the Shore for future generations.

What to wear

This is an outdoor event. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring layers. We suggest long pants, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Join us!

Please sign up by calling Hali at (757) 442-5885 or emailing