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July 20, 2020

“Native Bees” workshop Saturday at old schoolhouse

Photo/Tim Ohlwiler
Virginia has about 500 native bee species, responsible for much of the pollination work done on our gardens, farms and orchards.
A free “Native Bees” workshop will take place Saturday afternoon at Schoolhouse 18 near Marshall.

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Fauquier and Rappahannock Master Gardeners will sponsor the event, starting at 1 p.m. July 25.

Fauquier County Master Gardener Rich Umbel will teach participants about native bees, including the importance of the mason bee. Mr. Umbel will demonstrate to build a simple bee box and where to install it.

A drawing will be held, with some participants winning one of his handmade bee boxes.   
The “Native Bees” presentation is part of the Fauquier and Rappahannock Master Gardeners’ “Saturday Afternoons in the Garden” program, a series of horticultural classes held from spring to fall each year for the community. Because of COVID-19, it will be the first class scheduled in person this year. Social distancing and masks will be required.
The program will last 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period. The workshop will take place outdoors, rain or shine. Some seats will be provided but attendees may choose to bring their own lawn chairs.

After the presentation, the Demonstration Gardens will be open for tours.
Registration is required.  To comply with social distancing, the event will be limited to 20 households or 30 people.

To register, call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, Ext. 1 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Parking is limited at Schoolhouse 18. Additional parking is available at the Northern Fauquier Community Park or along Whiting Road.  Please do not park along Highway 55.
Master Gardeners are Virginia Cooperative Extension Office volunteers who encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. For information visit or visit the">gardeners’ Facebook page.

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