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 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
New at the Haven: An updated list of the plants in the Haven is now available. To help you plan your own bee garden, we’ve included details on bloom times and the pollen and nectar resources provided by each plant.
New at the Haven: new plant labels have been installed in the garden. In addition to common and scientific names, our labels list the plant family, the bee resource the plant provides, and water use information from WUCOLS.
New at the Haven: children’s activity guide. Use this guide to help children you are visiting with to learn while exploring the Haven. Download it here or borrow a copy at the garden.
New on the UC Davis main campus: A “mini-Haven” was planted on November 3, 2015 at Briggs Hall on the UC Davis campus. This garden is in a prominent location on the main campus in front of the building that houses the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The goals of this garden are to provide a bee-friendly planting in an area with lots of turf and pavement and to introduce students, employees, and campus visitors to bee gardening and the Haven. It replaces a planting of crape myrtles and roses; Häagen-Dazs funds were used to purchase the plants. A plant list and garden plan are here.
Take a guided tour of the Haven: Click here to request a tour; due to limited resources we cannot provide tours for groups of fewer than five people. The garden is also open year-round during daylight hours for self-guided tours.
2016 events at the Haven:
This year’s events include:
February 13. Museum Biodiversity Day. Museums on the UC Davis campus will be open to the public with special events. Details here.
February 20. Visit us at the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Duck Days.
March 5. Advanced Bee Gardening class. Details here.
April 9. Spring Open House, 11am to 2pm. Details here.
April 16. Visit us at Wildflower Wonders.
April 28. Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event, 11:30am to 1:30pm. Catch and observe bees up close and see our new children’s vegetable garden beds.
August 6. Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. This is a great event about all things garden in the Sacramento region. Details here.
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 fall of 2009 thanks to 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 program representative 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. Davis Boy Scout Troop 111 added the fence in 2012 as Derek Tulley’s Eagle Scout project. In 2013 the Sacramento Bee named the Haven one of the region’s top ten public gardens.
The garden is supported primarily by donations and volunteers; in 2016-2017 we are also receiving support from the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. We gratefully acknowledge their support. Donors of $1000 or more are listed here. Garden volunteers, past and present, are listed here.
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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.