To Bee, or Not to Bee?
Posted by Eytan Navah, Garden Supervisor
The Lynmar gardens provide habitat for numerous beneficial insects, birds, butterflies and bees. In addition to infusing our landscape with beauty, plants like the little yellow Bidens and the blue star shaped Borage are specifically planted for the honeybee.
However, It is important to not only grow flowers in the spring and summer. The honeybees must make enough honey in the fall to keep them through the winter when there are not many plants flowering. Some important fall flowering plants that we grow include: western goldenrod, California fuschia, and buckwheat. In addition to attracting honey bees, these flowers and specifically the native plants we grow, also attracts hundred of native bees, who also help the pollination of many plants.
Bees are important pollinators and vital to the ecological health of our planet. Yet, due to the excessive use of pesticides, GMO’s , the un-ecological practices of many commercial beekeepers, and the overall lack of flowers to provide pollen and nectar for our honeybees, we are seeing significant decreases in honey bee populations.
In an answer to this tragic trend we are going above and beyond by planting our gardens with an abundance of organic flowers that will attract bees and provide plenty of food for them to survive. Lynmar has recently been certified as a bee friendly garden and bee friendly farm from Partners For Sustainable Pollination (PFSP), a local organization that works to “Pursue collaborative approaches between farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists to develop ways to improve health of honey bees in pollination services and support native pollinators.”
We are proud to be leader in habitat gardening and improving the health of our delicate ecosystem.