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    A New Year’s Resolution for Gardeners

    Making Informed Choices About Gardening Practices and Products to Support a Healthy, Natural Environment The new year often brings about a desire for change and personal reckoning. We make promises, resolutions and plans to better ourselves and the world around us. Over the past couple of years, many people have committed to building environmentally conscious, […]

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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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    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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    An Interview with Professor Jonathan Snow

    Inside the world of honeybee research with Jonathan Snow Jonathan Snow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College, received his B.A. from Williams College in 1996, after which he completed his graduate studies at UCSF and his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School on the effects of transcriptional regulation in immune system development.  He […]

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  • Lindera benzoin at Fercliff in late September (planted here with Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’ and Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’)

    Mellow Yellow: Lovely Lindera Benzoin

    North American Native Spicebush is important for bee colonies in the early spring 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 […]

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    That buzzing-noise means something …

    “That buzzing-noise means something. If there’s a buzzing noise, somebody’s making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee … and the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey … and the only reason for making honey is […]

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    Bush Clover, Late Summer’s Garden Delight is Buzzing with Bees

    The Bush Clover, a late summer treat for you and bees Ever notice how there always seems to be at least one hopping joint in every town, where the locals routinely gather for their morning coffee or to grab a quick bite at lunch? Yesterday afternoon, I met up with a friend at a just-such […]

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    5 Reasons To Get A Taste For Local Honey

    September is National Honey Month. It’s an ideal time to celebrate honey and indulge in your craving for this sweet and viscous food known as “liquid gold.”  While indulging, why not focus on local honey, or honey made as close as possible to your home?  Here are five potent reasons to step away from the […]

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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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    It is a Strange and Beautiful World

    Manmade stone beehives unnoticed for centuries in Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel. “It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing […]

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