Bee Gardening Classes

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Please note that our Planting the Bee Garden, Bee Watching for Beginners, and Bee Photography classes have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

April 25, 2020. Planting the Bee Garden class.

Bee pollination brings us much of our food and supports most of our wildland plants. Interest in helping bee pollinators has never been greater, but what can you do in your own garden to make sure it is bee-friendly? We’ll discuss garden design and plant selection based on bee biology as well as how to encourage insect natural enemies to keep bee gardens pesticide-free. We’ll also learn about some of the latest research on bees and gardens and how to incorporate this into your garden. The class will conclude with a tour of the Haven for a hands-on look at plants and bees. Registration includes light breakfast and snacks, course handouts, and a plant for your garden.

April 25, 2020. Bee Watching for Beginners class.

Observing and identifying the bees in our gardens can be challenging. We’ll start with an overview of bee anatomy and learn how to distinguish bees from other insects. We’ll then look at key features of common bees that can be used to identify them in flight. The class will finish in the Haven for hands-on experience observing and identifying bees.

May 16, 2020. Planting the Bee Garden class.

Bee pollination brings us much of our food and supports most of our wildland plants. Interest in helping bee pollinators has never been greater, but what can you do in your own garden to make sure it is bee-friendly? We’ll discuss garden design and plant selection based on bee biology as well as how to encourage insect natural enemies to keep bee gardens pesticide-free. We’ll also learn about some of the latest research on bees and gardens and how to incorporate this into your garden. The class will conclude with a tour of the Haven for a hands-on look at plants and bees. Registration includes light breakfast and snacks, course handouts, and a plant for your garden.

May 16, 2020. Bee Photography class.

Bees are among the most challenging insects to photograph. We’ll start with an overview of bee biology and movement in the garden, followed by a discussion of the tips and techniques used by insect photographers. Participants will have the opportunity to use some of the Haven’s bee photography tools and to photograph identified bee specimens.

September 26, 2020. Pruning the Bee Garden class.

Time: 8:00am to 9:30am

Cost: $75. Register here.

Bee gardens are all about flowers, and pruning the Haven’s plants is an essential part of creating ample flowers for our bees. In this class we’ll learn about the physiology and science behind pruning of ornamental plants and fruit trees, discuss pruning strategies for increasing bloom, review pruning of California native shrubs, and practice pruning in the Haven. Handouts and light refreshments included.

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