This blog includes: management tips on how to keep mason bees, stories and pictures from other mason bee keepers, trends in the industry, research news, interesting links, review of products, events and other interesting items.
I have been a biologist since I was a kid. Then I became a "bee biologist". From bees in my garden to studying them at Simon Fraser University, I still find bees fascinating. Pollination with bees also became a focus when I studied pollination of blueberries. My journey with bees continued into the business world. In 1999 I started my company Beediverse Products and developed a line of products to keep mason bees. I first developed a successful method for harvesting mason bee cocoons and then I developed a line of products including: book,DVD, poster,mason bee homes and tools.
Now, my main interest and enthusiasm is focused on figuring out how to best manage mason bees and produce them by the billions. For this reason we are continually testing new ideas, widgets and gadgets for making the job of keeping mason bees easier and more successful.
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.
Jodine has joined us at Beediverse. If you are a store manager, you might just see her zipping around garden stores. Or if you attend one of Beediverse mason bee workshops, she will be there to show you how easy it is to care for mason bees. And what fun!
Plums and strawberries. Yumm!
Fruit depends on a bees visiting flowers and thus produce these
Our new in-store signage is led by “Hank ” our mason bee mascot.
The large overhead arrow shows customers where Beediverse products are located in the store.