Pollinator Festival 2019

2nd Annual Pollinator Festival 2019 - Dancing Oaks Nursery and Gardens

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival on Saturday, June 22nd during National Pollinator Week. 10% of our proceeds on Festival day will be donated to The Oregon Flora Project.

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.  

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

The entire nursery is open during the event, too—browse the greenhouses and gardens while you’re here!

Free Activities for Kids & Adults:

  • Garden Tours: 1pm & 3pm lead by nursery co-owner, Fred, and/or former Botanical Garden and Greenhouse Curator at Willamette University, Dean Wentworth
  • "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)
  • Pollinator Photo Opp and Photo Contest (photo cutout board provided, bring your own camera or cell phone)
  • ...and more! Check back again for more info.

Featured Pollinator Plants!

Buy 3 or more in any combination and these select pollinator-friendly plants will be marked down 20% at the register!

  • Achillea (assorted cultivars), Yarrow
  • Coreopsis ‘Ice Wine’, Tickseed
  • Festuca glauca 'Beyond Blue', Blue Fescue
  • Fragaria vesca, Wild/Woodland Strawberry (PNW Native)
  • Prunella vulgaris, Common Selfheal (PNW Native)
  • Trifolium rubens, Red Feather Clover 

Participating Educational Organizations, 10 am - 4 pm:

The following groups will generously provide knowledgeable staff and volunteers, as well as educational displays, activities, and answers to your questions during the event.

Audobon Society of CorvallisAudubon Society of Corvallis -- Birds are pollinators, too! The Audubon Society of Corvallis, represented by Teri Engbring, will be on hand to share information about creating a backyard habitat for your wild, feathered friends. 

Benton County Soil and Water Conservation DistrictBenton County Soil and Water Conservation District -- BCSWCD will help you learn about Mason Bees and choosing the right native plants for your site conditions. They'll also set up a Soil Tunnel Scavenger Hunt! 

Corvallis Environmental CenterThe Corvallis Environmental Center will be represented by a Nature Program Educator running a pollinator-themed activity from the Avery House

Marion County Master Gardener's Bug Group will have a series of preserved insects in display cases and will answer your questions about pollinators.

Oregon Bee ProjectThe Oregon Bee Project will be on hand to answer questions and to lead people on pollinator walks. The Oregon Bee Project leads the Oregon Bee Atlas, which is the largest volunteer native bee survey in the US.

Oregon Flora ProjectOregonFlora staff will answer questions about the tools that is developing, and also about plants native to Oregon that provide pollinator habitat. The mission of the Oregon Flora Project is to serve as the primary steward of Oregon's botanical information and to guide its use and application.

Polk 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. 

Xerces SocietyXerces Society Represented by Stephanie Hazen, Xerces will show preserved examples of native bees to examine through a power microscope, as well as educational handouts to take home.

Food and Drink Vendors, 11 am - 4 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.

Natural Sprinkles Co.Natural Sprinkles Co.: Natural Sprinkles Co., is a new bakery in downtown Albany. They will offer baked goods such as cupcakes and cookies made from locally-grown and seasonal ingredients including their in-house-made sprinkles, free of dyes and artificial ingredients.