On Saturday, Sept. 10, women gathered in the gardens at Carnegie Public Library for meditation, education, and enjoyment.
Participants in Bog Girl Summer: Pollinators first learned about Bhramari Pranayama, or Bee Breath, a yogic breathing technique used to calm the mind while releasing anxiety, tension, and anger, from Thresholds co-creator, Shannon Jacobs. Shannon demonstrated and instructed participants in using Bee Breath, then led a guided meditation.
Next, local Food & Habitat Farm owner and Fayette County Farmers Market organizer, Katrina Bush, inspired Bog Girls to take a pollinator discovery walk through the gardens. Katrina brought honey samples from her hive, as well as many books and other resources aimed to educate readers about plant and animal pollinators, their role in our ecosystem, and ways to support them through gardening and other efforts.
Then, Featherstone Apothecary creator and proprietor, Sylvia Call, provided decadent ingredients to make blended honey bath soaks using herbs, salts, and powdered honey. Sylvia shared the health and beauty benefits of using natural ingredients and the way she uses honey in many of her products.
Finally, participants gathered to enjoy delicious lemonade from Platform Coffeehouse. Platform owner, Malori Anderson, added a bit of magic to these beverages by also providing color changing Butterfly Pea Flower syrup.
Carnegie Public Library thanks all Bog Girl contributors and participants for gathering in the name of nature once again. Participants were encouraged to donate for event registration, with the entirety of money collected to be donated to the Fayette County Farmers Market. For information concerning next year’s Bog Girl event, please contact Sarah Nichols at the library.
The following is a sample of the list of resources related to Bog Girl 2022, curated by Carnegie Public Library staff and contributor Katrina Bush. For the complete bibliography, visit www.facebook.com/cplwcho
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather N. Holm; 2017
Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Douglas W. Tallamy, Rick Darke; 2007
The Gardening Book for Ohio by Denny McKeown; 2001
Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by LeeAnn Coleman & Jayne Barnes; 2013
How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed (Natural Navigation) by Tristan Gooley; 2017
Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy; 2020
Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes; 2016
The Way to Bee: Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping by Mark Magill; 2011
Fayette County Extension Office, OSU Extension – https://ohioline.osu.edu – a wealth of information, fact sheets, and pictures about plants and pollinators.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – https://www.wildflower.org/plants-main – a fantastic data base. Use to look up flowers, shrubs and trees.
Monarch Watch and Monarch Joint Venture – http://www.monarchwatch.org http://www.monarchjointventure.org
Xerces Society— http://www.xerces.org – Vast database of native plants hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Includes crops, culturally significant plants, fact sheets and plant guides, threatened and endangered species, and invasive species.