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    Enemies to Bees: Pesticides and Hybridized Plants

    Honeybee gardens are an earth-friendly way to save on water usage, beautify your yard, and help honeybees. Who wouldn’t rather look at beautiful flowers in the spring, summer, and fall instead of a grass lawn that needs to be cut every week? There are many things to consider when planning your honeybee garden, such as […]

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    Build a bee friendly garden to help the bees

    So you want to plant a bee garden of your own? Follow these guidelines for a project that can be great fun for kids and a sanctuary for bees. Location, location, location First, decide where in your yard is the best location for a bee friendly garden. Consider placing the bee garden in a part of your […]

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    Why bees are disappearing: A TED talk by Marla Spivak

    The new TED Talk by Marla Spivak, professor of entomology, is about the decline in honey bee populations, monoculture, pesticides (including neonicotinoids) and how important it is to plant bee-friendly flowers.

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  • Blessing of the Bees at NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Photo © by Jan Mun

    Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Welcomes–and blesses–New Honey Bee Hive

    Good news from New York City: A new urban honey bee sanctuary has been installed in the gardens of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Cathedral gardens, which are already home to three peacocks and a family of red-tailed hawks, is now also home to a hive of Apis mellifera, a gentle and mild-tempered […]

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  • Salix discolor, North American native pussy willow © Michaela at TGE

    Come to Me, My Sweet Willow…

    Salix discolor (as our North American native pussywillow is formally called) is a North American native shrub or small, understory tree, (5-15′ tall and perhaps 8′ wide). Often found beside brooks and forest streams, or in low-lying thickets and swamps from Canada to Georgia, the pussy willow is hardy to USDA zones 4-7. Stands of Salix discolor form […]

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  • A Sunny Combination of Meadow Flowers for a Long-Blooming, Informal Summer Garden. Photo ⓒ Michaela at TGE

    Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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    Trees, Bees and Global Warming

    There are a number of important reasons why the Carmel Forest should mostly be allowed to rehabilitate itself. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies the temperatures across the planet between December 1, 2009, and November 30, 2010, show that 2010 ranks as the hottest year on record. And clearly after the worst-ever forest […]

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  • On Winter and Your Garden

    As the trees finally shed their leaves and our thoughts turn to wintery pleasures and indoor activities, it’s easy to forget about the honey bee. After all, our busy little friends are hibernating out of sight and mind at this time of year. But before the ground freezes, and even over winter, there are still […]

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    Mellow Yellow: Lovely Lindera Benzoin, North American Native Spicebush

    The question comes up every September in my garden. The meter-reader, oil delivery driver and countless guests have asked: “What’s that bright yellow shrub over there by the wall… The one covered with birds and red berries?” When I ask, “Have you heard of Lindera benzoin, North American spicebush?”, the answer is invariably ‘no’. And […]

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  • A better place for us all

    “There is something palpable about these new MacArthur Fellows, about their character as explorers and pioneers at the cutting edge. These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. ”   ~~ Daniel J. Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program Big news for the honeybee. Earlier today, […]

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