Kate’s new book: The Bee Friendly Garden- now on sale!

 

The Bee-Friendly Garden:

Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn

The Bee-Friendly Garden

Public interest in bees is at an all-time high. Backyard beekeeping has seen a boom in recent years and news of colony collapse disorder (CCD) continues to appear in major media. The Bee-Friendly Garden is a lavishly-illustrated guide that gardeners can use to create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy, productive gardens that help not only the threatened honeybee, but the many lesser-known, amazing native bees as well.

There are numerous benefits to having a bee garden, both personal and global. Not only are bee gardens gorgeous, they are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable. For fruit and vegetable gardeners, inviting nature’s most productive pollinator into the yard can provide an impressive increase in yields and better-tasting produce. And finally, bee gardens help fight the much- publicized decline in bee population. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything readers need, from “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid. Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, the book debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides how-to instructions for nest boxes and water features.

Kate Frey is a garden designer and consultant specializing in ecological landscaping and small farms. She won two gold medals at the Chelsea Garden Show in London for ecologically themed gardens and is a popular speaker at garden shows and clubs. She has written for Gardens Illustrated, Organic Gardening and Pacific Horticulture magazines, and lives in Northern CA.

Gretchen Lebuhn is a professor of biology at San Francisco State University and the author/editor of two books on pollinators, Field Guide to the Common Bees of California and Attracting Native Pollinators. She is the founder and director of The Great Sunflower Project a national citizen science program that gathers information about bee diversity and activity. Learn more at greatsunflower.org.

The Bee-Friendly Garden

Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

By Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn
$19.99 ($25.99 CAN) ● Trade Paper ● 224 Pages ● 7 x 9 inches ISBN 978-1-60774-763-5 ● On sale February 9, 2016

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