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March 2015 Newsletter

Orange tail bumblebee Queen
"Bombus melanopygus"
Blue Mason Bee
"Osmia lignaria"

Bees to see in the garden now

The orange tail bumblebees will be looking for food and nesting sites at this time of year.

The mason bees will be out shortly. It's time to clean out mason bee houses and put the cocoons in the houses so they can hatch.  Remember to face the houses east - the bees like the morning sun.

What's in the garden now

What we want to do this year

We are planning on having a sign installed soon - Gerry's Garden!  We are super excited about this. We had support for this sign from a friend at the City of North Van. Watch for the sign in a few weeks.

We plan on having another Volunteer Garden Blitz during the summer where we can all work in the garden together. 

What to grow in your garden now

Here's a link to our web-site that provides a list and pictures of the top 25 plants to help all the bees.

And see the poster below.

Bees in the News

It seems that public opinion is making a difference in what kinds of plants people are buying. Here are two recent articles from various newspapers.

BeeFriendly Board Member Opens a New Business

Cease Wyss (on the left below) has been a BeeFriendly Board member since we created our Society.  We are very proud to announce that she has started a new business venture. Cease is our Indigenous Plant Diva!!

Upcoming Events

April 18 - Garden Party- all things gardening to celebrate the beginning of the BC Growing Season, Whole Foods Market West Vancouver, 11 am to 3 pm.

April 26 - Earth Day Event, Moodyville Park, Noon to 4 pm. To find out more information about this event, go to

May 30 - Day of the Honey Bee at Loutet Farm, 10 am to noon.  Visit the North Shore Beekeepers to learn about honey bees.  There will be honey for sale.

Cute Bee Cartoons

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