Pollinator Festival 2019

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

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 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. 

Free Activities for Kids & Adults:

  • Garden Tours: times TBA. Check back soon... (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)
  • Pollinator Photo Opp (photo cutout board provided, bring your own camera or cell phone)
  • ...and more! Check back again for more info.

Pollinator Plants:

We'll have a selection of pollinator-friendly plants on sale at a discount. Check back for more info...

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 DistrictBenton County Soil and Water Conservation District??? 

Corvallis Environmental CenterThe Corvallis Environmental Center 

Marion County Master Gardeners Association Marion County Master Gardener's Bug Group

Oregon Bee ProjectThe Oregon Bee Project is a cooperative effort between the ODA, the Oregon State University Extension Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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.

Natural Sprinkles Co.Natural Sprinkles Co.: Natural Sprinkles Co., is a new bakery that opened in downtown Albany. The 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.