Get Up Close and Personal with Pollinators in Gateway Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-23-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121 rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Debra Johnson, Marketing Committee
530-898-4690, dejohnson@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
530-898-4143, jwills@csuchico.edu

The relationship between flowers and pollinators is examined in a new photography exhibit, “Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators.” The exhibit opens at Gateway Science Museum at noon, Wednesday, April 25.

More than 50 photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings vividly portray the relationship between flowers and their many kinds of pollinators. Through close-up photographs and supplemental activities, the exhibit introduces a diversity of pollinators, the various processes of pollination, the needs of these pollinators and the obstacles their populations are facing.

Through the exploration of the photography and related hands-on activities, visitors will discover:

  • Who pollinates: from bees to bats to beetles and more
  • How flowers and pollinators have co-evolved to work together
  • Where pollinators live. Hint: it’s not always in hives!
  • Specialist pollinators and their plants
  • How to welcome pollinators into your garden

“Keeping Company with Flowers: A Glimpse into the World of Pollinators” was created by John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell. Whittlesey, owner of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design, is a nationally recognized plantsman and regional garden designer. He took the majority of photographs displayed in the exhibit. Jewell is the creator, producer and host of “In a North State Garden,” a weekly public radio and web-based gardening information and advocacy program for California’s North State region.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.

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Media note: High-resolution art from “Keeping Company with Flowers” is available upon request by contacting Debra Johnson, dejohnson@csuchico.edu or by telephone: 530-898-4690.