A Bee Happy Garden Workshop
Kitchen and Garden Workshop Series No. 1
Cranbrook Food Action Committee and Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook are pleased to announce the first garden workshop of the spring.
A Bee Happy Garden is scheduled for June 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kimberley Open Gate Garden and June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden. The cost is $10 for Wildsight members and $15 for non-members.
Bees help us by pollinating one-third of our food supply and now it’s time we help them! Honeybees usually get all the credit but there are thousands of different species. Both the mason (also known as orchard or blue orchard) and leafcutter bees are excellent pollinators. It would take 60 honeybees to pollinate 12 lbs of cherries, but only one mason bee to do the same work (crownbees.com). These overlooked bees are gentle natured, do not produce honey and are resistant to the type of mites currently devastating honeybee populations.
This two-hour workshop will cover general information about mason and leafcutter bees including how to protect our native bees, how to create a bee habitat in your yard, and how to care for nesting bees. The workshop also includes a hands-on component of building a bee house for your garden! Participants will be exposed to lots of tips and tricks on how to care for these wonderful little pollinators.
The Bee Happy Garden Workshop is one of three spring workshops devoted to enhancing the garden bounty and teaching new and exciting uses for your harvest. The next workshop in the series is the We Love Rhubarb Kitchen Workshop on June 16 in Kimberley and June 18 in Cranbrook. The three part spring series concludes with Soil Mates Companion Planting Garden Workshop on July 7 in Kimberley and July 8 in Cranbrook.
These workshops have been made possible by funding from the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
To register or find out more about the workshops visit www.wildsight.ca/kimcran or call 250-427-9325. Register soon to avoid disappointment. To connect with the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden visit Cranbrook Food Action Committee on Facebook or email [email protected]. To learn more about the Kimberley Open Gate Garden please contact [email protected].