What’s so special about honeybees?

Today may be the official end to National Pollinator Week, but the work of bees — and gardeners — continues. Please keep adding plants to your garden that attract bees with the nectar and pollen they need. Stop using pesticides in your garden that can harm bees. Register your pollinator garden with the Pollinator Partnership […]

Behold Some Important Facts About Bees

I hope the idea of National Pollinator Week has inspired you to consider ways to help the pollinators in your garden. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, there’s a book I’d like to recommend to you. “Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind” is a book from Dr. Stephen […]

Solitary Bees Like These Simple Homes

There’s no place like home for a solitary bee, or so the old saying should go. While this week in June is set aside as National Pollinator Week, we really should celebrate pollinators every week of the year. One way to celebrate is to invite bees into your yard with little bee houses. The simple […]

The National Pollinator Network Needs Your Garden

Plant and bee counted! We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week and need gardeners across the country to join in. You don’t have to have a large garden; any size garden is an important part of the gardening network to help take care of pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. Every seed orĀ  plant that […]

Gardening Projects for Citizen Scientists

Attention, Gardeners! Science needs you to join the army of citizens advancing the body of scientific knowledge. Citizen scientists are the extra eyes researchers need to help look for nine-spotted ladybugs, note the first tulips in spring or keep watch for endangered arboreal toads. They partner with scientists to provide valuable data that helps answer […]

Time to Celebrate Pollinator Week

Happy Pollinator Week to gardeners everywhere! When you’re in the garden this week, be sure to thank a bee. That’s what Pollinator Week is all about. The third week in June is designated as National Pollinator Week and there are celebrations planned from coast to coast to raise awareness of the valuable contribution provided by […]

A Victory for Bees in Thornton

Thornton, Colo., is all a-buzz because the city council just passed an ordinance allowing backyard beekeeping in the city limits. We heart our honeybees! That’s the sentiment of Thornton residents interested in keeping backyard bee hives. A group called Thornton Loves Bees worked hard to convince the city council to adopt a backyard beekeeping ordinance. […]

Pleeze Count Your Bees

Spending 15 minutes in your garden counting bees is a pleasant way to pass the time while helping with bee conservation efforts. I’ve been counting the bees that land on the ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers in my garden and I’m delighted at the results. During my latest 15-minute observation, I counted 12 honeybees landing on one […]

National Pollinator Week Salute to Bees

It’s time to celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 21-27, with a WesternGardeners.com salute to pollinators. Today we proudly salute bees! Thanks to the efforts of the Pollinator Partnership, pollinators are being celebrated across the country this week. As part of its mission, the Pollinator Partnership works to protect pollinators–like bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles–through […]

Sunflower Gardening Helps Bees in Several Ways

The Great Sunflower Project needs gardeners to plant sunflower seeds and to spend a few minutes of time observing bee activity in their gardens. It’s time to join hands with other gardeners involved in The Great Sunflower Project and plant Lemon Queen sunflower seeds in your garden. This simple act will help honeybees in two […]

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