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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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    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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    Simple Holiday Gifts for Honeybee Loving Gardeners

    Looking for a great, inspirational gift for the holiday season- one that keeps on giving, with the natural world and environment in mind? It’s easy to inspire a new gardener or please a more experienced green-thumb without spending a bundle over the holidays. A present of seed and/or seed starting kits, particularly for youngsters, is […]

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  • Summersweet, (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'), is a native shrub, providing easily accessed, late-season pollen for the honey bee

    On Winter and Your Garden

    Before we turn your focus on homey comforts, consider doing the honey bees a favor before the cold, tough winter. 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 […]

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    Thank you Häagen Dazs for the Honeybee Haven!

    The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at UC Davis Scheduled to open on September 11th, the Haven will not only serve as a research and pollinating facility but as a tool to raise awareness about the plight of honey bees.  As the Sacramento Bee has reported, “America is losing its honey bees at an alarming rate […]

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    Delightful Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ – A Beloved Bee Plant to add to your Bee Garden

    Plant a Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ for your bee neighbors Graceful, elegant and generous are but a few of the words that spring to mind when describing Doublefile Viburnum, (V. plicatum var. tomentosum); one of the most delightful species in my absolute favorite genus of woody plants. She is an important source of pollen and nectar […]

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    Penstemon, Rudbeckia and Veronica: An Easy, Breezy, Flowering Combination for Mid-Summer Meadow Gardens

    Gardening for bees and humans alike: black-eyed Susan, sky-blue speedwell, and beard’s tongue Bees buzzing in the garden, sun-tea brewing on the terrace, and books piled high beside the hammock; sweet summertime is here at last. I love waking up to early morning sunshine playing upon the warm, summery colors in my garden.

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  • What is CCD, or “Colony Collapse Disorder”?

    What is it about that title? Hmmmm…….. ED Erectile dysfunction, RLS restless leg syndrome, ADD Attention deficit disorder. One thing I have noticed about human nature is that we need to identify, label and vilify the “disorder” so that we can blame someone else, create a patented wonder drug complete with research funding to solve […]

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    Delightful Plants for Honeybees and their Human Friends

    Container Gardening with Herbs and Edible Flowers Guest post by The Gardener’s Eden, which can be found on Facebook or at http://www.thegardenerseden.com/. It looks like spring has sprung at last – the signs are popping up everywhere. Farmer’s markets and garden centers are bursting with herbs and flowers, veggie seedlings and hanging baskets. The growing […]

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  • Dwarf witch-alder, (Fothergilla gardenii), far right, covered with white flowers in early spring. Photo by Michaela, The Gardener's Eden

    Food for your Honeybees and Native Bees

    Food for thought on food for bees… Late fall is still shrub-planting season in much of North America. And throughout the month of November, many garden centers are running clearance sales to reduce stock before winter. If you live in USDA zone 5 or warmer, the ground in your area will likely remain workable at […]

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