Heather Holm

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Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

Heather is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

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Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide


Heather is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, helped establish her as a knowledgeable resource on the subject of the interactions between native bees and native plants. Her latest book, Beespublished in 2017, has won six book awards including the 2018 American Horticultural Society book award.


Heather currently lives in Minnesota with her husband. She is a self-employed author, designer, and publisher. For the past few years, she has been assisting with native bee research projects. The most recent research project was a two-year study to determine the types of native bees present in cultivated blueberry farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The study included developing customized plans to enhance and expand both forage plants and nesting sites for bees within the farms.


In her spare time, she is an active community supporter, writing grants and coordinating neighborhood volunteer landscape restoration projects. Currently, Heather is working on three projects with volunteers, restoring approximately ten acres of city-owned land in her neighborhood for pollinators and people.


Forget Television - The Real Entertainment is Happening Outside in Your Pollinator-Friendly Garden
Have you ever sat quietly in your garden next to flowering plants to just watch pollinators? This is not a crazy idea, more and more people are becoming 'pollinator watchers'. If you want to learn more about the fascinating world unfolding in your garden, attend this information-packed talk by award-winning author Heather Holm. She will showcase many types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the tricks that flowers employ to attract pollinators. You will also learn about how you can use technology to document what you see and contribute to ultimately contribute to science.


Asters and Goldenrods: Autumn’s Pollinator Banquet
Asters are critical late summer and fall forage for native bees including many pollen-collecting specialists. Heather will explore the nutritional components of the nectar and pollen of asters and their fall-bloooming cousins the goldenrods, and demonstrate the importance of these two groups of plants for native bees as well as migratory pollinating insects such as butterflies.

The Buzz About Native Bees
This presentation explores the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general characteristics of common genera of native bees occurring in the Midwestern, Eastern United States, and southern Canada. The pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native bees is also highlighted. Heather also discusses the presentation of floral resources and how the physical characteristics of bees can influence the bees' effectiveness as pollinators.

The Pollination of Native Plants
This presentation is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, Heather will provide many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and what pollinator is most effective and why. 

Habitat Matters: Lessons Learned From Enhancing Native Bee Habitat on Blueberry Farms
In this presentation you will learn about the current research project I am working on in Minnesota and Wisconsin blueberry farms. I discuss the project objectives and reasons for studying native bees on blueberry farms, the sampling methods, native bee candidates (for blueberry pollination services), the nesting habitat of the bees, and the native plant forage recommendations. The presentation also explores the habitat evaluation of the farms, and the considerations for what kind of forage could be provided for the native bee candidates pre, and post-blueberry bloom.

Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions.

Restoring Ecosystem Functionality and Biodiversity 
How can humans benefit from green infrastructure and ecological landscape restorations? Heather will discuss ways we can achieve a sustainable coexistence with the rest of life on earth. Models of restorative landscaping including residential and community opportunities will be highlighted, and with thoughtful plant selection, ecosystem functionality and diversity can be maximized. A focus on pollinator habitat and outcomes, trouble shooting and monitoring of restorations, and technological resources will also be included in the presentation.

Gardening for Bees and Butterflies
Learn about the life cycles of bees and butterflies including where and when they nest, forage and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. Learn about pollination and which native plants are specifically pollinated by bees or butterflies. The top native plant species for different habitats will also be highlighted for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants.

Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Pollinators
While most trees are wind-pollinated, the ones that are insect-pollinated provide important forage for pollinators, especially in early spring. Learn about which canopy trees, small trees, and shrubs are insect-pollinated and the types of pollinators each plant attracts. Factors influencing pollinator visitation including flower structure, flower resources, flowering phenology, and the plant community where the woody plant occurs will also be discussed.

Native Bees and Predatory Wasps of Prairie Ecosystems: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
Learn about the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, foraging behavior, and general characteristics of common genera of native bees and predatory wasps in prairie ecosystems. This presentation examines factors that influence prairie management decisions including pollinator seasonality, floral preferences, plant community structure, bee-plant specialist relationships, and timing of prescribed burns and mowing. 


Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects to your Fruit and  Vegetable Garden
Learn about the importance of insect pollination and the bees responsible for pollinating the fruits and vegetables we grow in both home and commercial landscapes. Heather will discuss in detail the genera of bees responsible for the majority of the pollination and the additional forage (flowering plants) one needs to provide to ensure that the 'flower buffet' is always open, even when the fruit or vegetable plants are not in flower. Also discussed are the beneficial insects that the native flowering plants will attract and how these insects can help reduce insect pest populations in your fruit or vegetable garden. 


Midwest, Northeast, Great Lakes, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, North Dakota

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Deb from MI - 04/01/2018 23:04:22

Heather Holm is an incredible resource. I have listened to her twice and have read her books. I wish all gardeners could hear her speak , perhaps that would change the exotic plant market to one that supports our native pollinators.

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Jeff Z from Nicollet, MN - 01/20/2016 19:27:38

Heather gave a presentation on native bees at a recent pollinator workshop and was easily the best speaker there, many attendees had positive comments.

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Hal Mann from Perrysburg, Ohio - 11/20/2014 14:31:26

We brought Heather to Northwest Ohio to speak at the 2014 Ohio Prairie Conference. Her presentation was a resounding success. She researched and tailored her presentation to the native plants and pollinators of our area. She wowed the crowd with her easy-going yet incredibly knowledgeable style of talking. She also did a presentation the following day for a general audience and likewise wowed them. We'll have her back at the next opportunity and I'll certainly go well out of my way to hear her again and again.

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