WORD OF THE WEEK
Polylectic: describes a bee that collects pollen and nectar from many plant species
- 8 cubic yards of decomposed granite to refresh our pathways
- Gift cards to local nurseries to purchase plants
- 6-foot wide ADA compliant entrance gate
Please contact us at [email protected] if you can help
RECENT DONATIONS. THANK YOU!
Thomas Roach, May 2017.
RECENT GRANT FUNDING. THANK YOU!
UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
United States Department of Agriculture NIFA-SCRI: “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture.”
California Department of Food and Agriculture SCBGP: “The ART of the specialty crops-pollinator connection: Awareness, Relevance, and Training.” A project summary is here; there’s also a project Facebook page.
WHAT IS THE HAVEN?
The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, it was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free. For more directions and details to ensure an enjoyable visit, please see “Planning Your Visit.”
WHY DOES THE HAVEN MATTER?
Like to eat? Thank a bee! Bees are responsible for pollinating about 1/3 of all the food we eat, including most of the fruits, nuts, and vegetable that make our diets tasty and nutritious. Bees also pollinate many of our wild plants that in turn provide food and habitat for other wildlife.
Yet many bee species (California has about 1600 native bee species) are in decline. While we don’t know all the reasons why this is occurring, one thing is clear: bees need flowers. We can all plant bee gardens, from a few flower pots to several acres. The Haven is a unique location where visitors can see bees and learn what they can do to help.
Can’t make it to the garden? Visit our blog, The Bee Gardener, use the resources on this site, or use the links under “Follow Us” to connect to our social media pages.
GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS
Upcoming events at the Haven:
Please check back frequently as new events are added.
June 19-June 23. National Pollinator Week. The Haven will be staffed each day from noon to 1pm with bee displays and plant information.
July 15. Bee to Bowl, 10am to 2pm. Join us for a mid-summer open house at the Haven. Enjoy educational displays and tasting in our food garden and learn about the role of pollinators in producing this bounty.
August 5. Join us in Sacramento for the Sacramento County Master Gardener’s Harvest Day, 8am to 2pm.
August 21. Solar eclipse bee viewing, 9 to 11:30am. Every wonder how bees react to the sudden darkness of an eclipse? Here’s your chance to observe first-hand!
September 23. Fall bee gardening workshop. Details soon.
The garden is funded by donations and grants. Please consider making a gift to help us in our important work of bee pollinator education and outreach. Thank you. Click here to donate to the garden.
The Haven could not exist without the support of our volunteers. They do much of the garden maintenance and assist at outreach events. Please consider joining the Haven team and supporting our important work. Apply here; to learn more about our volunteers, visit here.
HISTORY OF THE HAVEN
The Haven was planted in the fall of 2009. More….
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A friendly reminder from our risk management folks: there are bees in the garden! If in your excitement to view our bees up close you should forget the Haven’s walk-only-on-the-path policy you might step on a bee. And if she reminds you she’s there by stinging you, please take a bee sting flyer from the box on the shed. You can also view the flyer here.