Today was a very happy day in my garden because I saw honeybees among the other pollinators. I had not seen honeybees in my garden since last summer. Their population has become so reduced and so endangered that now it is an event to see them.

My gardens are “Penn State Extension Master Gardener Certified Pollinator Friendly” and as a result of my gardening practices, I have a host of other pollinators. Among them are several types of bumblebees, mason bees, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, hummingbirds, ants and even beetles. A pollinator is defined as an agent that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female flower stigma to accomplish fertilization leading to seed production.

Connie Holland is a member of the Gettysburg Garden Club and a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County.

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