Planting for Pollinators at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Planting for Pollinators at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Want to help your local pollinators, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will introduce you to native pollinators, from bees to butterflies, and cover the basics of planting for pollinators. Participants will go home with a packet of wildflower seed to plant at home, and have the chance to start a pollinator-friendly potted herb of their choice. Novice and experienced gardeners alike can gain new knowledge about the important pollinators living alongside us, and gain resources on how to plant with them in mind.

This workshop is free with admission to the garden. Registration details TBD.

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The Power of Pollinators at Endicott Park
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

The Power of Pollinators at Endicott Park

How many species of bee are there? Why do honeybees dance? What's all the buzz about pollinators? Learn the answers to these questions and more from botanist Claire Hopkins. Claire will cover the basics of honeybee habits, the pollinators you can find in Endicott Park, and how to help pollinators in your own backyard. Suitable for families and bee enthusiasts alike, come explore Endicott Park's new Nature Center and learn all about pollinators.

Explore Endicott Park's brand new Nature Center and enjoy a talk about the diversity of pollinators. 

Registration required, Tickets available here. (Scroll down to 'Nature Center Summer Speaker Series' and select the July 14th event.)

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Boston Hassle Black Market Flea
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Boston Hassle Black Market Flea

Brilliant Botany will have a table at February's Black Market Flea, selling our stickers, pins, hats and more! Proceeds from sales fund Brilliant Botany's science communication work, providing free educational resources focused on botany, conservation and pollinators.

$1 Entry Fee

Can't attend but want to pick up some merch? All of Brilliant Botany's items are also available online!

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Careers in Plant Science for Teens at West Springfield Public Library
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Careers in Plant Science for Teens at West Springfield Public Library

Claire will be discussing science literacy and careers in plant science, during this interactive workshop directed at teens. Participants can expect to learn about some awesome botanists, how to access science info online and will take home a seedling.

Please contact West Springfield Public Library for more information and sign-up.

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Boston Mini Maker Faire
Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Boston Mini Maker Faire

Brilliant Botany will have a booth at the 2017 Boston Mini Maker Faire! Claire will be onsite to teach the public about plants and pollinator conservation. Come by to look up close at some bee specimens, get your hands dirty, and learn about your local pollinators.

Ticket info coming soon.

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Carnivorous Plants Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic
Sep
9
to Sep 10

Carnivorous Plants Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic

Brilliant Botany will be at the Carnivorous Plants Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Claire will be selling a special assortment of her carnivorous plants designs, including sundews, venus fly traps and pitcher plants. 

This event is 10am - 5pm on Saturday, September 9th and 10am - 4pm on Sunday, September 10th.

"Plant lovers and all those who enjoy something different will be able to get up close to hundreds of carnivorous plants exhibited by the members of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society. Most people would say carnivorous plants are unique, different, or even strange, but all would agree they are interesting and intriguing. Some are native to New England, and others are from as far away as Africa, South America or Australia, but these plants all share a common bond: they are carnivorous, which means they survive by catching and consuming other living things – in most cases, insects.  More than 300 of these plants will be on display where visitors can see first-hand these unusual plants, and will have a chance to purchase their own from top vendors from the area."

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Bee Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Aug
26
to Aug 27

Bee Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Brilliant Botany will be at the Bee Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Claire will be giving out information about plants and pollinators, and selling an assortment of botanical/bee stickers and buttons!

This event is 10am - 4pm on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th.

"Enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, honey tastings, hands-on activities, games and much more as visitors learn about the fascinating world of bees and why they are important for our gardens."

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Botanical Tattoo Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Jul
8
to Jul 9

Botanical Tattoo Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Brilliant Botany will be at the Botanical Tattoo Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Claire will be giving out information about plants and pollinators, and selling an assortment of botanical stickers and buttons!

This event is 10am - 4pm on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th.

"Tower Hill will offer something for everyone at its first Botanical Tattoo Weekend. Spend the day watching live tattoo demos, trying your hand at botanical drawing, listening to live music, sampling local food trucks, and shopping at unique artisan booths. Find your next tattoo! See the latest trends in botanical tattoo design in the pop-up art exhibit, connect with regional tattoo artists, try a henna tattoo or botanical face painting, and get a custom Tower Hill temporary tattoo from the shop."

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Talking Plants: Plant Science Communication in a Digital World
May
3
11:00 AM11:00

Talking Plants: Plant Science Communication in a Digital World

This webinar is part of the ASPB Plantae Seminar Series. It is free to attend, but space is limited. You can register to attend here.


In this seminar, Claire Hopkins will cover the basics, challenges, and joys of communicating plant science to the public. She will offer simple tips for improving your communication skills in any setting, while explaining the advantages of various methods and digital platforms. She will cover aspects of content creation, including equipment, audience, language, and strategy. 

Participants will be able to

  • Communicate plant science to the public more succinctly and effectively
  • Understand the techniques and challenges of using video for science communication
  • Choose a platform or method of science communication that best suits their needs
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