When we think about insects in our vegetable patches and gardens, it’s often the pest insects that first come to mind – sap sucking aphids, leaf munching caterpillars, slimy snails – the list goes on and on. But not all insects want a bite of your harvest. Many actually act as ‘garden assistants,’ helping to pollinate crops and control pest populations. By nurturing and encouraging these ‘Good Bugs’ you can make your job as a gardener that much easier and also reduce your use of pesticides and other chemical sprays.
In this hands-on class, you will meet some commonly found garden bugs and learn how to make your garden more welcoming to the helpful ones. You and your child will work together to create an ‘Insect Hotel’; a beautiful piece of wooden garden art that doubles as a hibernation and nesting place for beneficial insects.
The class is suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Presented by Nicole Griffiths
Nicole is a qualified teacher with seven years of experience in teaching arts and gardening in schools. She currently works as an environmental education officer at Edendale Environment Farm where she delivers gardening, art and sustainability programs for school groups and members of the wider community. Nicole also works in the nursery at Bulleen Art & Garden and is completing a Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science.