DATE: February 21, 2017

TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LOCATION: The Studio

Planting pollinator gardens not only ensures your vegetables, flowers and fruit trees are pollinated, but can help perpetuate plants that depend on pollination – over 80% of the world’s plants!  Though many of us think of honeybees when we think of pollinators, there are 1600 species of native bees in California. Bee-friendly gardens are flower-filled gardens, and the same flowers that offer pollen and nectar rewards to bees offer us some of the most beautiful landscapes.

Kate Frey is a noted garden designer and eloquent advocate for pollinators.  She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg and the landscape at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol.  Her gardens won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer.  Kate currently writes for the Press Democrat newspaper and her book, The Bee-Friendly Garden, was published in 2016 by Ten Speed Press.

Kate’s newest venture, The American Garden School, makes its debut in 2017.


Special guest Charlie Kennard will bring his hand-woven bee skeps and share information about the Basketry Garden at MAGC.  Born in England, he was introduced to traditional crafts in Hawaii in the 1970’s.  When he arrived in the Bay Area, Charlie become interested in local native plants and cultural aspects of their uses and learned basket making techniques from Susan Billy, a Pomo basket maker.  He has developed “Redbud Gulch” on the MAGC property as a demonstration garden for plants used for traditional baskets.  It is also home to a bee colony that produces delicious honey.

Reception and book signing following the talk.

This talk is part of The MAGC Conservation Series:
Air, Land & Sea

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