Learn About Insects
Master Gardener Addie Matney will present “Garden Insects: Beneficial, Harmful, and Pollinators” on Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m., Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. This presentation is a part of Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s “Learn at the Library” series. These presentations are offered each month on a variety of gardening topics and are free to the public.
Do you know which garden insects are good for your garden and which ones are not? Can you identify a syrphid fly? Do you know the benefits of ladybugs, praying mantis, and assassin bugs? Or that the lacewing is considered superior to ladybugs in aphid control?
Brachonid wasps and tachinid flies kill in an unusual manner. Do you know how you can tell if they are in your garden? Do you know which plants attract beneficial insects and how you can keep those insects in your garden?
Besides honey bees, do you know which insects are valuable as pollinators? Do you know which insects are indeterminate predators and which ones you need to have in your garden? Matney will explain all of this and much more during her fascinating presentation. Come learn about the many insects in your garden. Matney has certifications as a Vegetable Specialist and in Native Plant Landscaping. After her presentation, you will look at the miniature world of insects in your garden with more knowledge and increased wonder.
About the Author:
Certified as a landscape design consultant, Lydia Holley is past President of Henderson County Master Gardener Association. Lydia lives on land that has been in her family for five generations, and like many gardeners, she tries to grow one of everything. A member of East Texas Writers Guild, Lydia’s short story, Three Dreams and An Angel, will be published this fall.