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Three-session bee seminar

Posted: July 19, 2008 12:51 a.m.
Updated: September 19, 2008 5:04 a.m.
European Honey bees help pollinate flowers. European Honey bees help pollinate flowers.
European Honey bees help pollinate flowers.

Learn all about bees and other pollinators at a three-session seminar at Descanso Gardens today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants may register for one, two or all three sessions conducted by Gordon Frankie, professor of insect biology at UC Berkeley and Robbin Thorp, professor of entomology, natural history of insects and insect classification at UC Davis.

Both have been conducting research on bees in urban garden settings using Descanso as one of their case studies. They have identified more than 70 species of bees at Descanso.

Cost for the entire seminar is $65 ($50 Descanso members). Cost per session is $25 ($20 for
Descanso members). To register, call (818) 949-7980. All sessions take place today and include:

n Introduction to Bees & Pollinators- From 9 to 11 a.m. This session provides valuable information about bees and how they affect the environment, right down to the very food we eat and gardens we visit. Robbin Thorp will start by discussing bees, their ecology and behavior, followed by Gordon Frankie who will discuss urban bees and other flower visitors.

Observing Bees in Their Environment- From noon to 2:30 p.m. This program takes you outside and includes information on collecting, recording and curating methods for bees in a hands-on environment. Participants will learn to observe and record bee-to-flower relationships in the garden, identify bees, and become familiar with the tools utilized in their study.

Landscaping for Pollinators- From 3 to 4:30 p.m. This session provides an appreciation for insects and their important role in the environment. Landscaping methods that attract pollinators to your backyard will be discussed, including why pollinators are so important, what types of plants will draw them, and how they benefit your garden and the overall environment.


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