Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is taking a new approach to this year’s popular Native Plant sale. Interested buyers are asked to schedule appointments through July 9 in an attempt to limit the number of guests on site at one time.
Guests can register online. Time slots are set for 30 minutes each and staff assistance will be limited. Guests are asked to wear a mask while shopping and to pay with a credit card only.
This year’s Native Plant sales are sponsored by the Klosterman Baking Company, which has partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to launch its “Save Our Bees” campaign — beginning with a $10,000 donation to the Zoo’s “Pollen Nation” Program, which will sponsor Native Plant sales throughout the year.
Buy any Klosterman bread item in Save Our Bees-branded packaging to support the effort.
The first Native Plant sale will be held on July 11 and will take place throughout the summer until Sept. 26 at the zoo's Bowyer Farm, an offsite 600-acre farm and wetland ecosystem in Lebanon. (Additional dates are Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Director Thane Maynard said in a press release that “Pollen Nation” and “Save Our Bees” are a critical program as honeybees are crucial to the agriculture system.
“Pollen Nation is a group of dedicated people passionate about all aspects of building a health ecological system down to the very last little detail … which includes the honeybee,” he said. “The Cincinnati Zoo advocates for animal and plant conservation around the globe, and right here in our own backyards with these little insects that are crucial to our global ecosystem and need our help.”
To aid in this mission, the Cincinnati Zoo kicked off a virtual Pollinator Carnival this week.
This week, National Pollinator’s Week, the Cincinnati Zoo will post fun and educational activities on its website.
“We hope to inspire people to plant pollinator gardens this week,” said Cincinnati Zoo horticulturist Scott Beurlein.
See below for a list of activities for the whole family to participate in this week:
June 22: Learn about different kinds of pollinators.
June 23: Why is a pollinator garden beneficial?
June 24: Take the Plant for Pollinators Challenge.
June 25: Learn how to plan a new pollinator garden.
June 26: Learn how to plant a pollinator garden.
June 27: Learn how to care for a new pollinator garden.
June 28: Play Pollinator BINGO.