Vancouver abuzz over upcoming workshop

June 1, 2017 by  

The population of bees has dropped significantly all around the world, and a Vancouver class will teach its participants ways they can make a difference right in their own backyards.

The workshop, which will be led by Brian Campbell, will explore the world of bees, including the different native species that can be found in the local area. The participants will learn about the natural history of these native bees, such as bumblebees and mason bees, and also what steps people can take to attract them to their own garden.

Tips will be shared about flower choice for attracting pollinators, as well as offering bee baths and caring for the soil in a way that benefits these tiny yet important creatures.

The class will draw to a close with a visit to the VanDusen Gardens, where the attendees can view the bees in their habitat, and then they will have a chance to make a simple bumblebee nest to bring home with them for their own yard. Comb binding can be utilized to craft basic field guides that can be distributed to each person who takes part in an educational event such as this.

The Helping Bees in Urban Gardens workshop will be held in VanDusen Guides Classroom on June 18. The registration fee is $42, and further details have been added to the Gardens’ website.