We Can all #BeeMNnice at Eco Experience!

Contact: Pam McCurdy, 651-757-2559

St. Paul, Minn. --Come learn all about pollinators and view our beautiful gardens and displays, right in the front yard of Eco Experience! The way we design our lawns and landscapes can be enhanced to support many pollinator populations. Field Outdoor Spaces has created a space this year with straw-bale gardens, urban-friendly plants, and beehives (no real bees in the hive).

This year’s outdoor display is dedicated to raising awareness about our declining pollinator populations and what we can do to protect their habitats. In the garden at noon every day, presenters will speak about:

  • How to transform your front yard lawn as a pollinator habitat;
  • Why urban beekeeping is great for our cities;
  • Protecting our native plants so native bees can help us pollinate crops;
  • And much more!

Well-known author and gardener Joel Karsten will also be in our gardens teaching fairgoers how to create their own straw bale gardens. Straw bale gardens have many plant benefits, including less weeding and watering! He’ll be at the fair on August 25th, 28th, and Sept. 1st.

At Eco Experience see how beautiful raingardens not only support pollinators but also help water quality in our cities and towns. The best raingardens are designed with native plants in mind. Likewise, native plants require less maintenance and have evolved with bees native to our region. Presenter and author Heather Holm, will talk about the top native plant species for pollinators too, on August 23rd and 27th.

As much as 70 percent of the bee population as died as a result of colony collapse disorder. Bees face obstacles ranging from habitat loss to pesticides to climate change. But we can all #BeeMNnice and create solutions to promote the health of our pollinators. Stop by Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair to celebrate our gorgeous gardens and busy bees.

About the Eco Experience: A partnership between the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state, the Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair. The Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades. In 2013 the Eco Experience won the People’s Choice Award voted on by the fair goers at the Minnesota State Fair.

Since 2006, more than 3 million visitors have attended the 25,000-square-foot exhibit to learn more about clean air and water, saving energy, climate change, recycling, healthy local food, gardening, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives.

All schedules, story ideas and press releases will be posted on the www.ecoexperience.org website under media tab or email questions to Pamela.McCurdy@state.mn.us phone 651-757-2559.