Planting for Functionality: Let’s Make Native Bees our Primary Clients

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Christine Thuring, PhD

Dr. Christine Thuring began her career in applied plant ecology and has worked with plants in a range of applications, from ecological restoration of grasslands and peat bogs to plant selection for green roofs and living walls. She is a founding board member of the Native Bee Society of BC. Christine holds a Master’s in Horticulture from Penn State University (2005) and a PhD in Landscape from the University of Sheffield (2016). 


Planting for Functionality: Let's Make Native Bees our Primary Clients

Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. People who work with plants are uniquely positioned to determine the fate of bees, and of the biosphere as a whole. Bees are mutualist keystone species, responsible for the fertilization of as much as 90% of the planet’s flowering plants. Given the essential role that native bees play to human food systems alone, it is clearly in our best interest to do everything we can to help. This presentation makes the case, especially to anyone with agency over plant selection and vegetation maintenance, that treating native bees as our primary clients can make us a force for good in the world. Whether providing healthy fodder and nesting considerations, ensuring fire smart planting design or other, planting for functionality will have beneficial knock-on effects through time and space.

Date & Time(s)

11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022


Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

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