Life On Lookout

Pollinator Festival is May 20

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Buzz-z-z over to Lookout Mountain School Gym on Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. to discover the world of pollinators. Learn what you can do to safeguard a vibrant future for these tiny creatures on the mountain by planting native plants in your yard. Come rain or come shine, as all the booths and displays will be in the gym. Admission is free.

As a special event for children, Reflection Riding will have hawks, owls, crows and other furry creatures up-close and personal. Everyone can see the actual wildlife that lives on our mountain.

Pollinator artwork from Lookout Mountain School, Fairyland School and Renaissance School will also be on display. The winners of the “Bee a Friend to Pollinators” art contest will be announced at 2 p.m. Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will award cash prizes to the winners. Face painting and pollinator coloring activities will be available at the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club booth.

Free gardening advice and planting guides will also be available at the Pollinator Garden, Butterfly Garden and Vegetable Garden booths. Experts from the Aquarium and Tennessee Valley Wild Ones will offer free advice on how to create pollinator-friendly gardens and improve yields from vegetable gardens, so bring a sketch or photos of your yard. Craig Walker from The Barn Nursery will offer organic solutions for common yard and garden problems. Lynn Chartier of the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will have a display on invasive plants and offer suggestions on how to eradicate them. Christine Bock-Hunt from the Tennessee Aquarium will give away free native plant seedlings. Reflection Riding will be selling native perennials, shrubs and small trees.

Other booths include:
Butterfly Gardens and how to attract butterfly babies to your yard. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and what plants can attract these beautiful creatures.
Pollinator Gardens: The Wild Ones will help you chose plants that will attract a variety of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds.
Beekeeper display. Derick Forester, a third-generation beekeeper on the mountain, will have a demonstration hive in a glass case. Honey and bee products for sale.
Vegetable Gardening and Pollinators: Charlene Nash suggest ways to increase yields by improving your soil and by attracting native bees to your garden.
Encaustic art by Betsy Rice: Come watch the artist heat beeswax and resin to create works of art.
Invasive plants on the mountain: A display of invasive plants with Lynn Chartier offering ways to eradicate them.
Organic solutions for common yard problems. Join Craig Walker from the Barn Nursery to learn about products that will not harm children, pets or pollinators.
Bees on a Bicycle: an urban garden center fostering community and creating beauty.
Tours of the Lookout Mountain School Greenhouse.

If you have any questions, email Ann Brown at or Candace Chazen at

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