Learn to attract native bees to your garden

Local CitySprouter, Cash McVay, informed Historic City News reporters that tomorrow, Sunday, June 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the Lincolnville Community Garden will present Jaime Pawelek speaking about the importance of bee pollinators, their ecology and biology, as well as how to attract them to your gardens.

After the brief talk, participants will venture out into the garden where Pawelek will identify some of our native bees at work.

“It will of course be hot,” McVay reminded us. “The best time to view bees is in the heat of the day, so bring a big hat and plenty of water.”

McVay suggests that if you have a beach chair or lawn chair to bring it along so that there are enough seats for everyone under the shady pavilion.

Lincolnville Community Garden regular meeting times are Sunday’s from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Please come on out when you can,” McVay said. “Visit the garden to see all of what our community has accomplished.”

McVay is proud of the accomplishments of the local organization. “Our first growing season has been a great success,” McVay said. “We’re looking forward to this Fall.”

Jaime Pawelek has a B.S. from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus on Restoration Ecology. She transferred to UC Berkeley in 2006 from Columbia College in Sonora, Ca, with an Associate of Science degree in Natural Resources. Pawelek has been working in the urban bee lab for two years and has enjoyed learning about native bee biology, especially observing their many wondrous behaviors. She also has a strong interest in California native plants and how they can be used in restoration efforts.

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