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Love Your Alley is about collaboration, sustainability, creativity and beauty. It is transforming our underutilized alleys into extended living space for everyone to enjoy, while creating our own Homegrown National Park in 43209 with native plants supporting our pollinators and assisting in flood prevention. These events and speakers are scheduled throughout the month of May to help participants learn about native plants, enhancing gardens for pollinators and much more! Thank you to the Bexley Community Foundation for funding this initiative!

Love Your Alley Festival 
5/13 Saturday, 12:00-3:00pm
Clifton Shelter, 2100 Clifton Avenue
Registration is not required, please stop by at your convenience!
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Join Green Bexley for the Love Your Alley Festival on Saturday, May 13. Swing by to pick up free native seedlings from Natives in Harmony and Native Columbus, enjoy kids activities and learn all about native plants and beneficial insects. The Strange Lab will offer a Pet a Bee and an OSU Lab will offer a beneficial insects table with spiders, lady beetles and more! Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative will be on hand to answer all your questions about pollinators.  Local artists will sell their artwork!  If you have native plants to share or swap, bring them by. There will be super fun music and delicious food! First 20 attendees will receive a gorgeous wooden sign for their pollinator garden.

Nature’s Best Hope 
5/1; 7:00pm
Dr. Doug Tallamy

Bexley Public Library
Registration is required through the Bexley Library. Click here to register.

Dr. Doug Tallamy is the inspiration for Love Your Alley. He created Homegrown National Park: a grassroots call-to-action to regenerate biodiversity throughout the country. We invite you to this inspiring, dynamic talk to learn simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity. Dr. Tallamy will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Fun Friday at the Bexley Public Library
5/5; 5:00-7:00pm
Registration is required through the Bexley Library.

Stop by the Bexley Public Library parking lot for some delicious food, live music and visit the Love Your Alley table for free native plants and to visit with live moth caterpillars!

Garden Design for Small Spaces: Clever Tricks for Alleys, Nooks and Pocket-sized Places
5/10; 7:00pm
Chris Anderson

Bexley Public Library
Registration is required through the Bexley Library. Click here to register.

Small space garden design is a combination of observation and inspiration.  We’ll gain new insights on both with the help of Permaculture designer Chris Anderson.  We’ll discuss water flow, slope, shade and sun, time and energy constraints, and how all of these relate to plant choices and stewardship of neighborhood nooks and community crannies.  We’ll discuss great plants and creative solutions for community intersections like alleys.  Please measure any space you want to steward, and bring a picture or two!

Cultivating Landscapes for Fireflies and other Beneficial Beetles
5/17; 7:00pm
Dr. Kayla Perry

Bexley Public Library
Registration is required through the Bexley Library. Click here to register.

Insect populations are in decline worldwide. The causes of insect declines are multifaceted and nuanced, making it difficult to pinpoint a single driver and solution. Beetles (Order Cleopatra) are an abundant and diverse order of insects that contribute to a variety of ecosystem services that support people and nature. Several charismatic groups of beetles are reported to be in decline, including fireflies (Family Lampyridae). This presentation will discuss the ecology and importance of beneficial beetles with a focus on fireflies and highlight strategies to support their populations in landscapes.

Love Your Alley Activities that require registration through Bexley Rec (Opens March 28 @ Noon):

Hands on Gardening Skills Class with Peter Harrington from
 Native Landscaping and Consulting
5/6; 10:00am-12:00pm
(Sunday, 5/7 torrential rain date)
Location: an alley in Bexley TBD

Join us for this gardening skills class to learn skills with an expert gardener. Learn how to clean up your overgrown or under-tended alley space during a hands-on demonstration this spring. This will include techniques, tools, safety, and plenty of Q&A.

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Hands on Gardening Skills Class SU 23 
18 - 100 N/A Sa  05/06/2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An Alley in Bexley (TBA)
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
40 seat(s) available