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Plants You Can Brag About: Working with nurseries to assure pollinator-safe plants

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST

Rows of potted plants, neatly arranged, next to a high tunnel greenhouse on a sunny day.

Bee City and Bee Campus affiliates collectively form one of the country’s strongest examples of how pollinator considerations can be integrated into park management and community outreach. In this webinar, Xerces pesticide program staff member Sharon Selvaggio will present a new option to help affiliates achieve the goal of ensuring that the plants they buy are pollinator-safe – a template set of contract grow specifications designed by Xerces.

We invite you to come to this webinar to learn about this model and how you might adopt or adapt it for purchases by your city or campus This webinar will be especially meaningful for affiliate “clusters” concentrated in some regions.

This free Bee City USA webinar is hosted by Xerces Society and will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel on the Bee City USA playlist. Auto-generated Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.


A woman in teal sits in front of a meadow of purple and white flowers,

Sharon Selvaggio
Pesticide Program Specialist, Parks, Nurseries & Natural Areas Lead
The Xerces Society

Sharon assists Xerces staff, partners, and the public to reduce reliance on pesticides and understand pesticide risk to invertebrates. Sharon previously worked at Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service, and integrates her focus on pesticides with her experience managing natural areas and agricultural lands. Sharon earned a Master of Science in energy and resources and a Bachelor of Arts in biology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Sharon spends a lot of time in her vegetable garden, which has an always-buzzing insectary/pollinator patch, and she is a frequent visitor to the Pacific Northwest’s wildlands for recreation.


February 22
10:00 am - 11:00 am PST




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