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— The latest buzz in the world of pollinators will be available at the Putnam with the return of Pollinators’ Palooza on Saturday, May 19.
Hosted in partnership with the Iowa State University Scott County Extension Master Gardeners, the free event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.
Pollinators’ Palooza is preceded by a plant sale, featuring plants grown by Master Gardeners, beginning at 8 a.m. — before the Putnam opens — near the museum entrance. Funds from the plant sale will support the ISU Master Gardener program for scholarships, children’s activities and education.
Entering its second year, Pollinators’ Palooza aims to educate the public on the importance of pollinators in our environment.
“With the help of the Master Gardeners, Pollinators’ Palooza is a great opportunity for curious minds to come together to learn the importance of pollinators and check out the Pollinator Garden, which is in its second year and is an official Monarch Waystation,” said Kim Findlay, president/CEO of the Putnam.
Master Gardeners will staff a Hort Clinic where the public can ask questions about plants, insects, and wildlife in their own landscapes.
Other organizations will have exhibits with information as well as craft activities for children. The Davenport Public Library will have a mobile library where the public may renew library cards and check out books; the Friends of the Davenport Public Library will have used books on gardening and pollinators for sale. Other organizations participating include the FoodCorps, Illinois Master Gardeners, Nahant Marsh, Niabi Zoo, the QC Botanical Center, the QC Food Forest and River Action.
The event also features two showings of the “The Flight of the Butterflies 3D” at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. in the Putnam’s GIANT Screen Theater. Tickets are just $5 for adults and free for kids.
Adult educational presentations will take place throughout the day. Celebrity readers including children’s author Jill Esbaum, WQPT’s Mr. Scott (aka Scott Brouette), and Davenport Mayor Frank Kipsch, among others, will read books about nature and pollinators to children during these presentations.
The presentation schedule is as follows:
8 a.m. - Master Gardener Plant Sale begins outside near the Museum entrance
10 a.m. - Putnam opens and activities begin in the Grand Lobby
10:15 a.m. - Ron Fischer, Beekeeper: “The Buzz About Bees: A Look Inside a Beehive and Much More”
Celebrity Reader: Children’s author Jill Esbaum will read Honeybees
11:15 a.m. - Film: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D
Noon - Beverly Broughton, Master Gardener: “The Ruby-throated Hummingbird: A Tiny Dynamo”
Celebrity Reader: WQPT’s Mr. Scott (aka Scott Brouette), Assistant Director of Student Affairs
1 p.m. - Conza Borders, The QC Food Forest: “Looking at 4 Years of Growth and the Future”
Celebrity Reader: City of Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch
1:45 p.m. - Film: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D
2:30 p.m. - Ray Wolf, Master Gardener: “Gardening for Butterflies: Plants You Need and Butterflies You Will See”
Celebrity Reader: Quad City Botanical Center’s Educational Director Greg Wolf, along with his puppet friends, will read from his collection of big books
3:30 p.m. - Trish Wilger, Master Gardener: “The Monarchs Are Coming! What You Need to Know to Welcome and Sustain These Beautiful Garden Guests”
Celebrity Reader: TBA
4:15 p.m. - Matt Wilhelm and Matt Duncan: “Midwestern Silk Moths—Prettier Than Butterflies”

For more information, visit Putnam.org/pollinators or contact Faye Waterman at fayewaterman@gmail.com.
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