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 through a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
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GARDEN NEWS AND EVENTS
Updated plant list now available! The list of plants in the Haven has been updated to reflect new additions this fall. Download the list here.
The Haven’s 2014 annual report is now available.
Our 2015 tour season starts March 17, 2015. We continue to add new plants and interpretive features; next year we’ll also have a honey bee hive! Click here to request a tour. The garden remains open year-round from dawn to dusk for self-guided tours.
2015 events at the Haven:
February 21. Join us at Duck Days for information about bees and bee gardening.
April 11. We’ll be a stop on the California Native Plant Society’s Gardens Gone Wild tour.
May 2. The Haven is five years old! Join us today for a fifth anniversary celebration.
May 8. National Public Gardens Day Open House.
June 19. National Pollinator Week Open House.
DONATE TO THE HAVEN
The garden is funded entirely through donations. 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.
HISTORY OF THE HAVEN
The Haven was planted in the spring of 2009 as the result of a generous donation from Häagen-Dazs. Pollination is essential for the production of many of their ice cream ingredients; as they learned more about declining bee populations and bee health concerns, they sought a way to provide support for the entomologists working to address these issues. The Haven brought this vision to life.
Working in partnership, the UC Davis Department of Entomology and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) developed the plan for realizing the vision of Häagen-Dazs. Led by Missy Gable of CCUH, the group (David Fujino, CCUH; Lynn Kimsey, UC Davis Entomology; Aaron Majors, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors; Diane McIntyre, Häagen-Dazs; Heath Schenker, UC Davis Environmental Design; Jacob Voit, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors; and Ellen Zagory, UC Davis Arboretum) developed and judged a design competition, garnered donations, and made the garden happen.
The winning garden design was created by the team of Sausalito-area landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker; interpretative planner Jessica Brainard; and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki. While areas of the garden were redesigned in 2013 and 2014 by UC Davis Landscape Architecture student Eric Xu and garden director Christine Casey, the original designers’ concept that linked garden themes to bee biology remains strong. View the original garden plan here.
Garden artwork was created by students in Entomology 001: Art, Science, and the World of Insects. This course is part of the University’s Art/Science Fusion Program. The bee sculpture at the garden entrance, known as “Miss Bee Haven,” was created by artist Donna Billick with installation funded by Wells Fargo. Area residents and school children created the panels for the sculpture’s pedestal.
A grand opening celebration was held on September 11, 2010. The self-guided tour signs, placed in the garden in 2011, were created by biology teacher Sarah Huber. In 2013 the Sacramento Bee named the Haven one of the region’s top ten public gardens.
The garden is supported exclusively by donations and volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge their support. Donors of $1000 or more are listed here. Garden volunteers, past and present, are listed here.