Wild Bee Gardens is no longer supported and may stop working at some future date. Center for Food Safety is working on a replacement: Wild Bee ID which will be available later in 2017.
Help protect North America's premier pollinators by learning how to create habitat for them in your own backyard! Discover the dazzling diversity of North America's native bees and the flowers they visit. With over 300 BEE-UTIFUL Retina quality photographs and 100 pages of guides, Wild Bee Gardens offers a delightful and informative introduction to the essential world of native bees.
Designed to inspire an appreciation for the importance and diversity of North America’s native bees, Wild Bee Gardens also provides a unique tool for actively participating in their conservation.
Detailed native bee and plant profile pages introduce the user to many of our "garden variety" native bees and their favorite flowers. The profiles also feature bi-directional links for key bee and plant partnerships to assist gardeners in making the best bee-friendly plant selections.
Extensive background and educational material in the form of guides provide a comprehensive introduction to North American native bees and practical advice about how to create habitat for these essential pollinators in our residential gardens.
Topics covered in the guides include:
● the role of native bees in our natural ecosystems
● the ecology and life cycles of native bees
● how to create a successful bee garden
● how to identify the native bee visitors that will appear in these gardens
All of the guides are illustrated with spectacular images of native bees and their habitat, making Wild Bee Gardens an excellent educational tool for students of all ages.
As natural areas are steadily diminished, we are discovering that our residential gardens can play an important role in the conservation of North America’s native bees. These resourceful pollinators are in fact always on the lookout for urban real estate, and “when you build it, they will come”!
Traveling no further than our own backyards and community gardens, we can help ensure the survival of our native bees by joining together in the creation of Wild Bee Gardens.
Research and text for Wild Bee Gardens, by Celeste Ets-Hokin.
Merry Month of May Edition
*** 2 New Plant Genera Added ***
● Holodiscus (Oceanspray)
● Vaccinium (Blueberry)
*** Beautiful new bee images ***
Rita Clagett kindly offered us some pictures of Bombus huntii, Andrena & Osmia from her Colorado Bee Show "A Thousand Bees".
Ratings and Reviews
Why mow when you can plant a low workload garden?
This app gives a great list of plants that can be used in most of the lower 48 states of the USA and southern Canada. These species come up every year and are resistant to many diseases. That makes a garden a pleasure instead of a chore.
You will find advice on planting for all life stages. Caterpillars need different food sources than adults. Pollinator gardeners are able to look at the skeleton of a leaf and not need to grab a spray can!
Remember that there are many other pollinators that will use your garden by day and night. Add some night blooming species, even if they are in a pot. Moths and lightening bugs are wonderful sights at dusk!
A great app for the bee enthusiast.
This app is a great resource to learn about bees. The photos are beautiful and its very informative.
Great information on plants and bees. The photography is great and has helped me identify several native bees on my property.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.