Insect numbers are on the decline, and we need to do all we can to protect the pollinators and other beneficial insects that our gardens. In the wild, solitary insect species, like wood-boring beetles and solitary bees, search for cavities in wood to lay eggs. These cavities are typically left by burrowing beetles, woodpeckers, or the tree’s own natural growth. Some species, like carpenter bees, will chew their way through wood to make a nesting cavity. Insect hotels are simply man-made replicas of the natural habitats these organisms search for in the wild.
Join us to help build an insect hotel by the Wildflower Garden that will be constructed of wooden pallets stuffed with items that can be found around the garden!
Additionally, we will upcycle items like old terracotta pots / pot shards, old wicker baskets, corrugated cardboard, empty and clean 2 liter soda bottles, and old bricks (the kind with holes in the middle). Volunteers are encouraged to bring some of these items from home to add to the structure.