||How to Attract Bees to Your Garden
||HOW TO ENCOURAGE BEES TO VISIT YOUR GARDEN
A presentation about a gardeners best friend
By The Pemi-Baker Beekeepers
Monday, June 16, 2:00 pm ~ Moultonborough Public Library
The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club will be hosting the Pemi-Baker Beekeepers' president, Gerard Godville, for a free discussion of the ways gardeners can encourage bees to visit their gardens, on Monday, June 16, at the Moultonborough Public Library. The doors open at 1:30 and the program will begin by 2:00 pm. Mr. Godville, with beekeepers David Boynton and Harley Putnam, will show-and-tell the ways pollinators enhance gardens and how homeowners or orchard keepers can attract more of them.
Learn about the history, hives, and habits of bees: much about them isn't readily apparent. We all know, for instance, that bees are attracted to flowers, but do you know they have five-eyes and cannot see the color red? It was surprising to learn that bees are attracted more to smells, than to color. Are you aware that honeybees are the only insect that produces food for humans? Honeybees have been producing this food for about 100 million years. By the way honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an antiseptic!
What does some information like this mean for the home gardener? Enjoy your red flowers, but planting in the blue-green range (with some oranges and yellows) will attract bees. The color white is one that bees are likely to avoid, hence beekeepers wearing white clothing. Gardeners will want to remember that scented soaps, scented laundry detergents, or perfumes on their skin will attract the bees' attention. However bees will not sting unless they perceive a threat, or unless their hive is threatened. Did you know honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we consume? So – if you enjoy raspberries or blueberries on your cereal, or tomatoes on your salad come to this presentation and learn more about what we all can to encourage and “bee” friends with these helpful pollinators.
RSVP by return email or by calling Liz Stevens at 603-968-9256 (leave a message if there is no answer)
The Pemi-Baker Beekeepers Association has a mission of bringing local beekeepers together “for the purpose of learning and sharing information on the art of beekeeping. The membership is open to all those who are truly interested in learning the history, techniques, skills, and development of a beekeeping establishment. . . as a hobbyist or an entrepreneur for the honey industry.”
The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club was founded in 1938. The organization promotes interest in all phases of gardening and horticulture and its membership is open to all men and women with an interest in gardening. More about the club, including its annual UNH scholarship for an outstanding UNH student of horticulture or the environment, can be found online at bearcampvalleygardenclub.org. An RSVP to the beekeeping program via the BVGC website is not required, but is much appreciated.