MOULTONBOROUGH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club will be hosting the Pemi-Baker Beekeepers' president, Gerard Godville, for a free discussion of the ways gardeners can encourage bees to visit their gardens, on Monday, June 16, at the Moultonborough Public Library. The doors open at 1:30 and the program will begin by 2 p.m.
Godville, with beekeepers David Boynton and Harley Putnam, will show-and-tell the ways pollinators enhance gardens and how homeowners or orchard keepers can attract more of them.
Learn about the history, hives, and habits of bees: much about them isn't readily apparent. We all know, for instance, that bees are attracted to flowers, but do you know they have five-eyes and cannot see the color red? It was surprising to learn that bees are attracted more to smells, than to color. Are you aware that honeybees are the only insect that produces food for humans? Honeybees have been producing this food for about 100 million years. By the way honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an antiseptic!
What does some information like this mean for the home gardener? Enjoy your red flowers, but planting in the blue-green range (with some oranges and yellows) will attract bees. The color white is one that bees are likely to avoid, hence beekeepers wearing white clothing.
Gardeners will want to remember that scented soaps, scented laundry detergents, or perfumes on their skin will attract the bees' attention. However bees will not sting unless they perceive a threat, or unless their hive is threatened. Did you know honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we consume? So – if you enjoy raspberries or blueberries on your cereal, or tomatoes on your salad come to this presentation and learn more about what we all can to encourage and "bee" friends with these helpful pollinators.
RSVP by return email or by calling Liz Stevens at 603-968-9256 (leave a message if there is no answer)