At One Planet Market on 18 March 2017 we were privileged to have a presentation from Jenny Deans on Native Bees in your Garden.
Jenny provided the following:
- detailed information on making bee hotels, courtesy of Dr Katja Hogendoorn
- general bee information, including useful websites and a list of local native plants that are great for attracting native bees
If you are planting your garden to attract bees Jenny recommends planting in autumn and sourcing your native plants from local growers:
- The Trees for Life nursery has a range of plants from across SA
- For northern Adelaide Hills residents the Kersbrook Landcare Nursery is pretty hard to beat!
- On the plains? – then try Provenance Plants
- Contact Vale Park Our Patch group and visit their wildflower garden, especially in spring to see the flowers that native bees love.
- Campbelltown Landcare Group members are knowledgeable about local native plants and Wadmore Park is a great place to visit to find out more about local nature.
Please remember that these last two contacts are all volunteers, as are most people at Trees for Life and Kersbrook Landcare.
- Look for the news story on Dr Katja Hogendoorn’s current research and view her talk on Green Carpenter Bees at the 2016 Natural Resource Management Science conference.
- The Wild Pollinator Count 2017 is coming up from 9-16 April 2017. There’s easy to read information on bees and other pollinators and you can join this simple citizen science project helping to identify the distribution and feeding habits of pollinator insects across Australia.
- Adelaide Sustainability Centre has a blog on native bees.
Keep a look out for our amazing native bees!