STONE RIDGE — If you’ve never heard of a “bug hotel” we invite you to learn. A bug hotel houses beneficial insects that help keep the bad bugs under control, which is especially important for organic gardeners. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) hosts “Building a Bug Hotel,” a free lecture 10-11 a.m. July 15 at the Master Gardener Program’s award-winning Xeriscape garden at SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge.
Dona Crawford, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, will demonstrate how to build a bug hotel from easy-to-find materials that can help a number of species such as solitary bees. Contrary to their name, many bees pack into a stem and hibernate for the winter. Similarly, ladybugs overwinter as large groups in between dry plant material. By providing a variety of plant material in your bug hotel, you can encourage all sorts of garden friends.
The “Learning in the Garden” series is appropriate for gardeners of any level and continues with the free classes below. They take place on the third Saturday of each month, from June through October, at the Xeriscape Garden. Classes start at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and usually last about an hour (except for the Plant Sale, which runs from 10 a.m.-noon).
Learning in the Garden Series Schedule:
Aug.19, Wildlife Proofing your Garden; Sept. 16, Annual Master Garden Plant Sale; Oct. 21, Putting your Tools Away, the Right Way.
Walk-ins are welcome or you may RSVP ahead. Bring a chair. For information or to RSVP for any of these classes, contact Master Gardener Coordinator, Dona Crawford, at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free guided tours of the Xeriscape Garden are also available by request for your group or organization. Call the Master Gardener Hotline at 845-340-3478.