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The Bee friendly Herb garden on 71st Ave. in Marpole,
East of Hudson St., North side of 71st, saw much
activity this past summer. Bees of all sorts were indeed attracted by the large assortment of herbs and flowers. Busy, busy bees, busy pollinating and yet not one Bee species took up residence in the Canadian made and Scientifically designed Bee houses.
Part of the vacancy reason could have been the very early and hot Spring that occurred just before our Bee houses were installed. The Mason bees had already done their thing and not even 5 star accommodations could change their agenda.
Another reason could have been the lack of a nearby Clay supply.
Mason bees need clay in order to effectively seal and protect their eggs. A supply of clay has since been provided and the infrastructure is ready and waiting for next Spring. Mason Bee Cocoons will also be installed to encourage the process.
Many herbs were harvested, dried and made available to the Community kitchen in St. Augustine’s Hall. Neighbours were also invited to pick fresh herbs as needed.
Do join us on Saturday, November 26th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church Hall, 8680 Hudson St. and take a Bee Garden tour during our Grant Celebration Day. See what other NSG recipients have been busy doing in Marpole and be inspired to come up with an idea for your own Neighbourhood Small Grant.
Refreshments will be served throughout the event.
Bee house pictures by Wendy Sherlock.