Backyard Honey Bees and Pollinators talk in Waldoboro
WALDOBORO — The Waldoboro Community Garden Club welcomes Master Gardener Jean Vose to its meeting, Tuesday, April 16. The meeting begins with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.
The site for the meeting is the Broad Bay Congregational Church on Main Street in Waldoboro.
The topic of the talk is "Backyard Honey Bees and Pollinators."
Even if you've never considered the possibility of raising bees, think of all the garden crops that rely upon pollination. Even accounting for native bee pollinators, honey bees still do much of the pollinating of fruits and vegetables in your garden. Then the honey harvested by the beekeeper is the reward for keeping your garden pollinated and the bees healthy.
Jean Vose, from Nobleboro, has kept bees in her backyards for more than 30 years. She, like many beekeepers in Maine, is a backyard beekeeper. Not only can beekeeping be entertaining and educational, but also can be a profitable hobby, according to Vose, in a news release.
“Your bees will create honey and other products for harvest, but if you garden, your fruit and vegetable harvest will also flourish,” said Vose, in the release.
This slideshow program will provide a brief history of beekeeping in America; how and when honey bees arrived. Vose will provide information and how-to hints on how to attract bees and other pollinators in the yard.
She will introduce local pollinators including, but not limited to, native bees, other insects, birds, butterflies and even bats. She will talk about the plants needed to draw and sustain these important pollinators.
Informational handouts with plant lists and other beekeeping information will be available.
Vose and her late husband started beekeeping in 1986. They relocated to Maine in 1998 from Massachusetts. When finding no local bee school or beekeeping association in the mid-coast area, they started a school in 2001.
From this school, the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) began in 2003. Vose remains an active member of KLCB teaching and mentoring beekeepers and exhibiting at local fairs.
As a Master Gardener, she keeps busy in her yard with gardens, birds and bees.
She shares her yard with a golden retriever named Honey and a kitty named Arianna.
FMI about the Garden Club or details, contact President Marilyn Andrews at 207.832.4055.
The WCGC strives to promote gardening education and community volunteer efforts to make Waldoboro a more visually attractive place to live, work, and visit, according to the release.