Pollinator Festival 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended Pollinator Festival 2018! Stay tuned for information about Pollinator Festival 2019...

Pollinators of all kinds – insects, birds, and mammals - are vital to our food production system and the vitality of our natural environments. As home gardeners, we can support pollinators by filling even a small corner of our gardens with plants that provide food and habitat for them.  

Please join us for the Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival on Saturday, June 23rd during National Pollinator Week. 10% of our proceeds that day will be donated to The Pollinator Partnership.

The festival will include local food & music, educational activities for kids and grown-ups, and featured pollinator-friendly plants for sale & giveaway during the day. 

Pollinator Plant Kits:

The day of the event, pre-bundled small garden kits including these plants--specially chosen to attract a range of pollinators to your garden--will be available for purchase:

  • 1 Achillea, Yarrow
  • 1 Agastache, Hummingbird Mint
  • 1 Coreopsis, Tickseed
  • 1 Festuca glauca, Blue Fescue
  • 1 Gaillardia, Blanket Flower
  • 1 Solidago rugosa, Goldenrod
  • 1 Trifolium rubens, Red Feather Clover, Red Trefoil

The bundled kit will cost 20% less than the total cost of the individual plants.

While supplies last! Come early if you have your heart set on taking one home!

Free Activities for Kids & Adults:

  • Garden Tours: 11am, 1pm, 3pm (lead by nursery co-owner, Fred, with follow-along plant list provided)
  • "Show & Tell" and "Q & A" tables (see the list of participating Educational Organizations below)
  • Pollinate-the-Flower Bee Toss: try to "fly" the bee to land on the right spot on different flower types (game provided)
  • Make your own simple Mason Bee Nest Box to take home (materials provided while supplies last)
  • Plant a Sunflower seed to take home (seed & materials provided while supplies last)
  • Pollinator Photo Opp (photo cutout board provided, bring your own camera or cell phone)
  • Pollinator & Plant Matching Card Game (hosted by Corvallis Environmental Center, see below)
  • Which Bee are YOU most like? Game (hosted by The Oregon Bee Project, see below)

Participating Educational Organizations:

The following groups will generously provide knowledgeable staff and volunteers, as well as educational displays and information during the event.

Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District Jerry Paul from the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District will showcase best practices for creating Mason Bees nests and how to manage them for long-term bee health.

Corvallis Environmental CenterThe Corvallis Environmental Center will be on site with a Pollinator & Plant Matching card game and other pollinator information. 

Marion County Master Gardeners AssociationCarol Horning will represent the Marion County Master Gardener's Bug Group. Carol will bring display boxes housing pinned and labeled insects and will answer your questions about bugs. Carol is also a member of The Oregon Bee Project

Oregon Bee ProjectGilbert Uribe, Pesticide Registration & Certification Specialist at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will represent The Oregon Bee Project, which is a cooperative effort between the ODA, the Oregon State University Extension Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Gilbert will have a "Which Bee are you MOST like?" game to play, as well as a display of native bees.

Polk County Master GardenersPolk County Master Gardeners will be on hand with handouts, brochures, and reference books--bring your gardening questions and they will offer answers based on current research and sustainable practices.

Oregon Flora ProjectDr. Dennis Albert, OregonFlora, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. Horticulture, Oregon State University will answer questions about the tools that OregonFlora is developing, and also about plants native to Oregon that provide pollinator habitat.

Salem Audobon SocietyStephanie Hazen and Ray Temple from the Salem Audubon Society will have displays and information outlining Monarch Butterflies and answer questions about birds.


Food and Drink Vendors, 11 am - 3 pm: 

1859 Cider Co.1859 Cider Co. is all about the fruit. They believe in using real fruit, mostly organic, sourced from the Oregon Territory, to make exceptional cider.

In-Fusion Vietnamese FoodIn-Fusion Semi-Authentic Vietnamese will serve savory small bites and entrees, as well as espresso drinks from their kitchen-in-a-bus.

Prologue PastriesPrologue: Cakes. cookies. Pies. pastries. tarts. Plus drinks and savories, too. Made with hands, hearts, and minds in Salem, Oregon.