September 7, 2013
wigmund:

Honey Bee Forage Map created from information gathered by George S. Ayers and Jay R. Harman, both of Michigan State University.
The map at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center website can be clicked on to find which plants in each region of each state are great for honey bees and when they bloom.

Sometimes I forget how handy NASA and its associated thinkers are when it comes to helping out those of the botanical persuasion. Not that it takes much to remind me. Love you, NASA. —MN

wigmund:

Honey Bee Forage Map created from information gathered by George S. Ayers and Jay R. Harman, both of Michigan State University.

The map at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center website can be clicked on to find which plants in each region of each state are great for honey bees and when they bloom.

Sometimes I forget how handy NASA and its associated thinkers are when it comes to helping out those of the botanical persuasion. Not that it takes much to remind me. Love you, NASA. —MN

April 15, 2012
Meet our Horticulture Crew Member: Dianne Crary

Dianne Crary got her start in gardening not through a potted plant from the hardware store, or an elementary school seed-soaking experiment, but from something a little more challenging: a neglected yard and a few meandering honey bees.

"The house that my parents purchased in the ’50s had a garden with great bones, but neither one was interested in gardening," Dianne writes. "The beds were neglected and every now and then when the weeds were towering over everything, I would get inspired to pull them out …

"Decades later, beekeeping became a hobby and one rainy spring season the honey crop had a minty taste which came from the nectar of the basswood tree This then made me notice what other plants the bees were visiting in order to incorporate bee friendly plants in the garden.”

Read on to see how Dianne found herself learning the ropes with the NYBG’s School of Professional Horticulture, coming to understand “the right plant in the right place.” And don’t forget: we have beekeeping classes of our own coming up shortly! —MN

January 20, 2011
Bees facing a poisoned spring

(Source: foodnewsjournal.com)

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