Friday, 17 November 2017

Bee-friendly gardens to be topic of November Audubon program

Bee friendly gardens are enjoyable for everyone. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – The Redbud Audubon Society will present an interesting program on bee-friendly gardens on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The society is meeting at a different location this month: the Kelseyville Methodist/Unitarian social hall.

Ukiah’s Kate Frey, a noted garden designer, will focus on planting bee-friendly gardens to help support pollinators of all varieties, ensure your vegetables are pollinated and help perpetuate plants that depend on pollination – more than 80 percent of the world’s plants.

The program starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments and mingling; the public is warmly invited.

“Though many of us think of honeybees when we think of pollinators, there are 4,000 species of native bees in the United States. Butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, beetles and many beneficial insects also act as pollinators, and bee-friendly gardens support them as well,” Frey said.

Bee-friendly gardens are necessarily flower-filled gardens. The same flowers that offer pollen and nectar rewards to bees make us happy, and create an uplifting and inspirational environment that will forever transform your relationship with your yard.

This talk will detail what factors create a garden where bees thrive, and look at many plants they visit, and show examples of bee-friendly gardens.

Along with being a garden designer, Frey is an eloquent advocate for pollinators, and a popular garden speaker and educator.

She designed and managed noted and widely admired gardens such as the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg and the gardens at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol.

Her gardens won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer.

Frey currently writes two gardening columns for the Press Democrat newspaper and her book, “The Bee-Friendly Garden,” was published in 2016 by Ten Speed Press and was selected as one of the best gardening books of the year in 2017 by The American Horticultural Society.

Her newest educational venture, The American Garden School, made its debut in 2017.

Frey holds a Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude with distinction in English at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.
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