Aside from a spelling variation of a certain culinary dish, the modern use of “poppycosh” is the description of a random shout of joy. Why Pollinator Poppycosh? It’s that time of year to celebrate pollinators (and it’s fun to say)! National Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26, 2011.
A pollinator by definition is any sort of animal that carries pollen from one seed plant to another, unwittingly aiding the plant in its reproduction. Most pollinators do this in the process of feeding off of the nectar of the plant. This busy process has resounding effects. The pollinated blossoms mature to fruits that feed wildlife and people and insure the genetic diversity on our planet.
Here at the IMA, our 152 acre campus is filled with gardens of diverse plantings. Not only does this create a year-round experience for our visitors, but it provides a lush habitat for pollinators. The IMA’s Horticulture staff has also purposefully introduced pollinators on the grounds of the museum. If you’re a follower of Irvin Etienne’s blogs, you’ve probably read about our honey bees. It’s been quite the experience for us as we learn to care for and manage the hive properly!
A healthy hive of honey bees can house upwards of 40,000 – 80,000 bees at one time. About 98% of those thousands of bees are worker bees; the ones out each day working in our gardens.