Did you know that bees pollinate crops as diverse as blueberries, pumpkins and onions? They're also essential for pollinating alfalfa and other crops that farm animals eat. Creating a bee-friendly garden is easy and fun for the whole family. Simple steps you can take in your own yard: provide a range of flowering plants that bloom throughout the growing season, avoid using pesticides and create nest sites for native bees.
We're also considering organizing a bee-friendly event in the summer or fall of 2012. Bee fans, let us know if you have ideas or would like to get involved. Whether your front garden is particularly bee-friendly or not, we hope you'll participate in the tour. You can put your front garden on the tour for the enjoyment of your neighbors, or you can help to plan the tour. To participate, please contact Diane Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Conable at email@example.com.