Gardeners - UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

Gardeners - UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

Gardeners - UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

The Oxford Tract Garden, spring 2008.

Do you enjoy having a garden with various plants that produce flowers and perhaps some fruits and vegetables? Do you like to see bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that visit flowers for nectar rewards? Do you have the feeling that your diverse garden is somehow small contributing food resources and shelter that these animals and other small garden creatures require? Have you ever wondered about doing more to encourage these benign animals?

Bees (and some other groups of insects) provide useful service to urban plants. In exchange for the tiny size of flower pollen and nectar resources adopted and perhaps some small space for nesting, bees pollinate many of the flowers of ornamental, fruit and vegetable plants. In some cases this service is mandatory, ie, bees are absolutely necessary for cross-pollination of the plant to receive mature fruits and viable seeds. Therefore, they are very beneficial for the urban population. This important service goes largely unnoticed and uninterrupted during the flowering season.

A female carpenter bee pollinating Salvia.

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