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Attracting Native Pollinators: Gardens as Habitat with Julie O’Donald

  • Sammamish Library Meeting Room 825 228th Avenue Southeast Sammamish, WA, 98075 United States (map)

Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward, Julie O’Donald, will share a colorful photo display featuring local butterflies, bumble bees and the flowers that attract them. She will describe how to create a garden where pollinators will thrive and will explain ways to incorporate flowering shrubs and wildflowers into the landscape. This program will show the steps needed to convert lawn into habitat while adding vibrant color and visual interest to your garden. We’ll also learn what features promote healthy pollinator populations and provide nest sites.

Julie O’Donald is a Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master Gardener with over 30 years experience creating wildlife friendly gardens. She has focused on the use of native plants in the home landscape and the benefits that specific plants offer to wildlife. Julie's personal certified wildlife habitat contains over 200 species of native plants and attracts birds, butterflies, pollinators and beneficial insects, including the rare Western bumble bee.

Active in educational community outreach, Julie volunteers for the Washington Native Plant Society, the Washington Butterfly Association, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and the National Wildlife Federation. Julie's garden has been featured in Pacific Horticulture, Bird Watching Magazine, The Butterfly Gardener and Sunset publications.