With this lavishly illustrated guide, gardeners can create a stunningly colourful, vibrant, healthy, productive garden that helps not only the threatened honeybee, but the many lesser-known, amazing native bees as well.
There are numerous benefits to having a bee garden, both personal and global. Not only are bee gardens gorgeous, they are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable. For fruit and vegetable gardeners, inviting nature's most productive pollinator into the yard can provide an impressive increase in yields and better tasting produce. And finally, bee gardens help fight the much-publicised decline in bee population. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything readers need, from “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid.
Illustrated with spectacular full-colour photos, the book debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides how-to instructions for nest boxes and water features.
About the Author
Kate Frey is an international garden designer and consultant specialising in sustainable, insect-hospitable landscaping and small farms. She won two gold medals at the Chelsea Garden Show in London for ecologically themed gardens and is a popular speaker at garden shows and clubs. She has written for Gardens Illustrated and Pacific Horticulture magazines, and lives in Hopland, CA.
Gretchen Lebuhn is a professor of biology at San Francisco State University and the author/editor of two books on pollinators, Field Guide to the Common Bees of California and Attracting Native Pollinators. She is the founder and director of The Great Sunflower Project a national citizen science program designed to gather information about bee diversity and activity.
‘Most people don’t understand the need to plant for pollinators to achieve productive vegetable gardens, or that pollination and beauty go together. This book underlines the importance and possibilities of flower-filled gardens that address our needs and create lovely and productive spaces around our homes.’ Rosalind Creasy, author of Edible Landscaping.
‘What a delightful, necessary book! The authors deliver its important mission encouraging bee gardening simply, graciously, and thoroughly. Find inspiration here, and the tools to reconnect the land you steward with the web of life. Bee happy!’ Lauren Springer Ogden, Garden Designer, author of The Undaunted Garden , and co-author of Plant-Driven Design and Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens.
‘This book will make bees happy and healthy in gardens across the country.’ Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director of Pollinator Partnership