Welcome

The Haven remains partially open during the coronavirus emergency. We will be closed on Tuesdays from 7am to 10am and Thursdays from 8am to noon for safe conduct of maintenance and research.

We do not have the staffing to perform regular sanitizing of commonly-touched surfaces such as the entrance gate, handout receptacle, or picnic tables. Please keep this in mind and be prepared with your own hand sanitizer, gloves, or other method to protect yourself. For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please practice social distancing during your visit. We do not have restroom facilities so visitor handwashing is not possible. The nearest public restrooms are here. Our public events and guided tours are cancelled through June.

The next few months are the busiest in the garden, with lots of changing plant and bee activity. If you’re not able to visit us in person, please visit us virtually. I’ll be posting more frequent updates about bee and plant activity during the time when social distancing is in effect.

OUR MISSION

The Haven is a unique outdoor museum that provides resources for local bee pollinators, inspires and educates visitors to create pollinator habitat gardens, and provides a site for the observation and study of bees and the plants that support them.


WISH LIST

  • Honey Bee Haven Amazon wish list is here
  • 8 cubic yards of decomposed granite to refresh our pathways
  • Gift cards to local nurseries to purchase plants
  • 6-foot wide ADA compliant entrance gate

Please contact us at beegarden@ucdavis.edu if you can help


CURRENT FUNDING. THANK YOU!

United States Department of Agriculture NIFA-SCRI: “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture” (0.43 FTE)

UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology: ongoing salary support (0.07 FTE)

WHAT IS THE HAVEN?

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, it was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free. For more directions and details to ensure an enjoyable visit, please see “Planning Your Visit.”

WHY DOES THE HAVEN MATTER?

Like to eat? Thank a bee! Bees are responsible for pollinating about 1/3 of all the food we eat, including most of the fruits, nuts, and vegetable that make our diets tasty and nutritious. Bees also pollinate many of our wild plants that in turn provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

Yet many bee species (California has about 1600 native bee species) are in decline. While we don’t know all the reasons why this is occurring, one thing is clear: bees need flowers. We can all plant bee gardens, from a few flower pots to several acres. The Haven is a unique location where visitors can see bees and learn what they can do to help.

Can’t make it to the garden? Visit our blog, The Bee Gardener, use the resources on this site, or use the links under “Follow Us” to connect to our social media pages.

GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS

Garden videos: for those who cannot make it to the Haven, we’ll bring the Haven to you. Check out our latest video about ceanothus on our YouTube channel.

Annual Reports: our 2019 Annual Report is now available. Reports for 201820172016,  2015 and 2014 are also available.

2020 EVENTS AT THE HAVEN

February 15. Biodiversity Museum Day. Details here.

All spring events cancelled due to coronavirus

August 1. Sacramento Master Gardeners Harvest Day. This event is in Fair Oaks. Details soon.

September 26. Pruning the Bee Garden class, 9am to 12pm. Details here.

DONATE 

The garden is funded by donations and grants. Please consider making a gift to help us in our important work of bee pollinator education and outreach. Thank you. Click here to donate to the garden.

VOLUNTEER 

The Haven could not exist without the support of our volunteers. They do much of the garden maintenance and assist at outreach events. Please consider joining the Haven team and supporting our important work. Apply here; to learn more about our volunteers, visit here.

HISTORY OF THE HAVEN
The Haven was planted in the fall of 2009. More….

Contact us: beegarden@ucdavis.edu

A friendly reminder from our risk management folks: there are bees in the garden! If in your excitement to view our bees up close you should forget the Haven’s walk-only-on-the-path policy you might step on a bee. And if she reminds you she’s there by stinging you, please take a bee sting flyer from the box on the shed. You can also view the flyer here.

Problems? Contact George Terry. Copyright © UC Regents, Davis campus. All rights reserved. Last Major Site Update: 6 June 2014