Posted by on April 22, 2016

Meet our next speaker, Pamm Cooper. Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 Pamm will present “Pollinators and the Plants That Support Them”.

Pamm Cooper w praying mantid young

Pamm is shown here taking amazing shots of TAC’s Praying Mantids hatching after a Master Gardener’s Hot Topics Class.

 

Pollinators and The Plants That Support Them
Wednesday April 27th, 2016

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium w Scolia bicincta double-banded Scoliid

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium w Scolia bicincta double-banded Scoliid

Pollinators in the wild and in the home landscape. Native and non- native pollinators and native and non- native plants they can be found on. The importance of nectar and pollen sources in the spring, summer and fall, and interactions with other plants and animals including bats, bees, beetles and flies. Specific plants and their relationship to pollinators (e.g. bumblebees and blueberry).

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Silphium w bumblebee

Silphium w bumblebee

Lonicera sempervirens

Lonicera sempervirens

Pamm is shown here introducing caterpillars to an eager audience at the Native Plants For Sun Demonstration Garden at Hebron Harvest Fair in September.

Pamm Cooper w child & yellow caterpillar

Pamm Cooper w child & yellow caterpillar

 

Pamm Cooper works at the UConn Home and Garden Education Center office and was an assistant superintendent at a golf course for over 20 years. She also teaches the entomology and turf portions of the Connecticut Master Gardener Program. She worked for Dr. David Wagner (evolutionary biologist at UConn who specializes in Lepidoptera), collecting and raising caterpillars for a bio-survey of the Tankerhoosen DEEP property and the Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon, Ct. She has also documented flora and fauna in various areas of Connecticut since 1995.

Pamm C. Taking pic of fauna on flora

Pamm C. Taking pic of fauna on flora

Pamm C. Taking pic of cats

Pamm C. Taking pic of cats

Her interests include native plants and insects in the natural and garden environments, birding, nature photography, woodworking and art, especially pen and ink drawing.

Our meetings open at 7pm for our coffee, snack and communication with other gardeners “get-to-gether”.We are meeting this Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm in the Pitkin Community Center of Wethersfield. The website for information on the center is here: http://wethersfieldct.com/content/398/422/743.aspx Directions follow….
The Community Center is West of Route 99…. It can be reached by taking Nott from the Silas Deane Hwy. Head west on Nott St toward Wright Rd 0.3 mi
Turn right onto Wolcott Hill Rd 0.2 mi This is a 4-way stop street.
Turn left onto Knoll St 463 ft
Turn left onto Park Ave 180 ft (This is a split road.. go to far lane)
Turn right onto Greenfield St
Destination will be on the left 0.1 mi
Wethersfield Community Center
30 Greenfield Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
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Hardy Plant Society Members are free…. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.  We love to share our knowledge of horticulture with all it’s trials and tribulations…  join us as we interact with our speakers and members before, during & after the presentation.  Our meetings are very interactive & we enjoy each others company in a small group setting.   Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker scheduled for 7:30 PM.  Members whose last names begin with initials N-Z are asked to bring goodies this month.  Our dedicated hostess, Kathy,  prepares coffee & hot water for tea to enjoy with the repast our members share each month.