- Author: Christine Casey
One of the most popular The Bee Gardener posts to date was published on November 10, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day. Since that publication, we've added lots of red, white, and blue flowers to the Honey Bee Haven; beekeeping programs to help vets have proliferated as well. Today's post covers some of the additions.
Both bees and veterans work hard and make contributions that many of us take for granted. In recognition of their service, some agricultural and beekeeping organizations provide support to veterans who would like to make beekeeping their profession. These include:
USDA-ARS: Putting Honey Bees to Work for Veterans
Bee Veterans, based at the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab
Facebook: Bees for Vets
A red,white, and blue bee garden is a great way to honor a vet. Although bees do not see red, they will use red flowers. The flower color 'blue' can be anything from a true blue to purple, while the color 'red' often includes orange and pink tones. A complete list of plants in the Honey Bee Haven, including information on water use and pollen and nectar resources, is here.
|Common Name||Color||Bloom time|
|Aster (many cultivars; see our post)||Blue||Fall|
|California buckwheat (see our post)||White||Summer-fall|
|Catmint (many cultivars)||Blue||Spring-summer-fall|
|Ceanothus (many species and cultivars; see our post)||Blue||Winter-spring|
|Coneflower 'Powwow White'||White||Summer|
|Lavender (many species and cultivars)||Blue||Winter-spring-summer|
|Manzanita (many species and cultivars; see our post)||White||Winter|
|Russian sage (many cultivars)||Blue||Summer-fall|
Here are some of the red, white, and blue flowers you'll see at the Haven during the winter:
- Author: Christine Casey
It's almost here! Please join us in celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Honey Bee Haven this Saturday, May 2, from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be beekeeping demonstrations, information about native bee conservation and identification, and lots to learn about bee gardening. And if that weren't enough, we'll be giving out free wildflower seeds and ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. Yes, free ice cream!
We'll also have bee houses for sale, a raffle, and free one-year subscriptions (or renewals) to Better Homes and Gardens for anyone who donates $10 or more to the garden.
Here is the complete schedule, along with photos of some of the bees you might see at the Haven:
Native bee information: experts will be available from 10 to 2
Beekeeping demonstrations: 10:45; repeat @ 11:15; 11:45; 12:15; and 12:45pm
Donor and volunteer recognition: 10:30 to 11:30
Bee gardening talk: 1:00pm; repeat @ 1:30 pm
Click here for the campus map location of the Haven.