My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
Thanks everyone! It was great meeting you all. A special thank you to Art Knapps in Courtenay, Cultivate Garden and Gifts in Parksville and Buckerfields in Parksville for hosting the workshops and providing the goodies. Appreciated! In all, 74 participants learned more about mason bees and I am sure they will continue to spread the word about these hard working bees. The newbee participants learned that bee homes are best set out on a East facing wall of a building- for extra warmth, under and overhang, in the sun and out of the rain and wind. They also learned that mason bees can be bought or the wait and see option. The more experienced mason bee keepers learned that attending to mason bees and keeping them healthy is a good thing for good pollination the following year. A washing demo of the cocoons was included to show how mites are easily scoured off cocoons under running water and in a metal sieve. Thank you for participating and wishing you a bountiful crop next year. Dr Margriet
Dr Margriet will be leading 3 workshops on Vancouver island this weekend.
Bring your mason bee house and we can check to see how many cocoons the bees produced this spring.
Learn to harvest your bees, or just starting out. Bring your questions!
And phone to reserve your spot….it is not too late…..
Courtenay -Art Knapps 28th Nov Sat 1030am 250 334 3024
Parksville -Cultivate Garden and Gifts 28th Nov Sat 2.30pm 250 248 0093
Parksville -Buckerfields Sunday 28th Nov 11am 250 248 3243
The workshops were great. 35, 17 and 22 people attended the workshops respectively. Lots of fun was had by all. We all learned a lot how to get started with mason bees for one and also quite a bit about keeping mason bees healthy. Keep your eyes peeled for more workshops. Dr Margriet
Joe and I participated in a workshop this past Sunday March 15 at the Shadbolt Center. We showed people how to start with mason bees, the house types one can use and the benefits to these wonderful pollinators. it was a lot of fun meeting all the people who were keen to begin their journey with mason bees. Dr. Margriet
There is always lots of interest in mason bee workshops. People are keen to learn about this beneficial critter.
Workshops and seminars are such a fun way to learn.
Here I am doing a show-and tell of how to set up mason bee houses and how to protect mason bee homes from those tiny pesky parasitic wasps.
At Amsterdam Nursery, Pitt Meadows, BC, their heated greenhouse makes a fine ‘room’ for workshops.
It is always fun to share information with gardeners who have just started or have managed mason bees for several years.