- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden located on Bee Biology Road next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. A public ceremony will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the department, will welcome the crowd at 10:30 a.m. Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology, was the interim chair of the department and directed and organized the installation of the garden. It was planted in 2009, thanks to a generous donation from Häagen-Dazs. More than 50 percent of their ice cream flavors depend on pollination.
Raj Brahmbhatt, associate brand manager of Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream at Nestle USA, Dreyer's Ice Cream company, will speak at 10:50 a.m. on “What the Haven Means to Us.”
Christine Casey, manager of the haven, will discuss “What Your Donations Mean to the Haven” at 11:15. A catered donor luncheon will follow at the UC Davis Conference Center, across from the Mondavi Center.
Public events at the haven through 2 p.m. wiill include discussions on how to observe and identify bees, what to plant to help bees, how to use native bee houses. There also will be beekeeping demonstrations and garden tours. The garden is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. Admission is free. Tours (a nominal fee is charged) can be arranged with Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a tour, access the website and click on "Visit Us."
An article on the Laidlaw bee research published on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources website and written by communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, drew the attention of Häagen-Dazs and led to the donation. The article featured the work of bee-breeder geneticist Susan Cobey. Kimsey suggested that the funds be used for a public bee garden and the funding of a Häagen-Dazs Postdoctoral Fellow, which was awarded to insect virus researcher Michelle Flenniken, then a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UC San Francisco.
A Sausalito team--landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker, interpretative planner Jessica Brainard and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki--won the international design competition.
The judges were Professor Kimsey; founding garden manager Melissa "Missy" Borel (now Missy Borel Gable), then of the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH); David Fujino, executive director of CCUH: Aaron Majors, construction department manager, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors, based in Novato; Diane McIntyre, senior public relations manager, Häagen-Dazs ice cream; Heath Schenker, professor of environmental design, UC Davis; Jacob Voit, sustainability manager and construction project manager, Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors; and Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and a bee and garden enthusiast. Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, was also instrumental in the founding of the garden.
Others who had a key role in the founding and "look" of the garden included the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, founded and directed by the duo of entomologist/artist Diane Ullman, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick. The art in the garden is the work of their students, ranging from those in Entomology 1 class to community residents. Seventeen-year-old Boy Scout Derek Tully of Troop 111 planned, organized and built a state-of-the-art fence around the garden as his Eagle Scout project. His father, Larry Tully, and troop members assisted. The project saved the department at least $30,000.
Melissa Borel Gable served as the founding manager of the garden. Under her direction and the work of 19 volunteers, the garden was named one of the top garden destinations in the Sacramento/Yolo area. (See http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=10205) The founding gardeners, in addition to Gable were Davis residents Mary Patterson, Tyng Tyng Cheng, Kristen Kolb, Nancy Stone, Marion London, Judy Hills, Laura Westrup, Kathy Olson, Nyla Weibe, Gary Zamzow, Randy Beaton, Janet Thatcher, Kate McDonald and Kili Bong, and her son, Evan Marczak; and Woodland residents Laurie Hildebrandt and Joe Frankenfield. The 19 volunteers chalked up 5,229 hours of service between May 2010 and Feb. 15, 2013. At the $10 minimum wage, that would have amounted to $52,290. The volunteers completed their duties at the haven on Feb. 15.
Kimsey was singled out for her work in founding and directing the installation of the garden when the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America honored her and four others--"The Bee Team"--with the 2013 outstanding team award.
The history of the garden is on the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology website at http://bit.ly/1OAtD6W. The new haven website is at http://hhbhgarden.ucdavis.edu/welcome. It includes a list of plants in the haven, by common name and botanical name; a list of donors and how to donate.
A private opening of the garden occurred Oct. 16, 2009 and a grand opening celebration took place Sept. 11, 2010.
Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, monitors the garden for bees and has found more than 80 species. Both he and Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen had an integral part in the beginnings of the garden.
Among the newest major donors is the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which provided bee research funds (Brian Johnson lab), and funds for the haven. See donor list of those who have given $1000 or more.
Feb. 19, 2008
Häagen-Dazs Donation to UC Davis
Dec. 8, 2008
Häagen-Dazs Launches Bee Garden Design Contest
Feb. 26, 2009
Sausalito Team Wins Design Competition
Aug. 6, 2009
Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Site Preparation
Aug. 13, 2009
Bee Biology Website to Be Launched
Aug. 13, 2009
Thinking Outside the Box
Sept. 15, 2009
Campus Buzzway: Wildflowers
Dec. 15, 2009
Bee Biology Website Lauded
June 6, 2010
Grand Opening Celebration of Honey Bee Garden
July 30, 2010
More Than 50 Bee Species Found in Haven: Robbin Thorp (Now there's more than 80 and counting!)
Aug. 25, 2010
Donna Billick: Miss Bee Haven
April 11, 2012
Brian Fishback: Spreading the Word about Honey Bees
Aug. 26, 2013
Eagle Scout Project: Fence Around the Bee Garden
Sept. 11 2012
A Fence to Behold
For more information on the garden or to donate, see the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven website.