Bee Gardening Classes

October 29, 2022. I Planted a Bee Garden: Now What? class.

Time: 9am-10:30am

Cost: $50. Register: CANCELLED.

Many California gardeners are removing their water-hungry turf and replacing it with lower-water plants that provide food and habitat for bees and other animals. But if all
you know about garden maintenance is how to turn on the lawnmower, deciding what to plant and learning how to maintain it can be daunting.

Aimed at beginning bee gardeners, this class will cover the basics of turf conversion and weed control along with plant selection for bees and other pollinators. We’ll also
cover maintenance of a turf yard compared to planted borders.

COVID safety: the lecture portion of the class will be pre-recorded and provided to participants in advance; the hands-on portion will take place at the UC Davis Bee
Haven garden on October 29. Questions from the lecture may be brought to the hands-on class. This class will take place outside in the Haven garden with appropriate
distancing and fully vaccinated instructors.

Bombus melanopygus queen on 'Anne's Purple' Spanish lavender Honeycomb Hideout view west Plants ready for planting at the Haven

November 5, 2022. Pruning the Bee Garden class.

Time: 9am-11am

Cost: $50. Register: CANCELLED.

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.

Practice pruning will include woody and herbaceous perennials, fruit trees, and California native plants. We’ll also discuss pruning tool maintenance and participants will be able to bring their own tools for sharpening. Handouts and light refreshments are included. 

COVID safety: the lecture portion of class will be pre-recorded and provided to participants in advance; the hands-on portion will take place at the UC Davis Bee Haven garden on November 5. Questions from the lecture may be brought to the hands-on class. This class will take place outside in the Haven garden with appropriate
distancing and fully vaccinated instructors.

 

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