MASON BEE seminars……….It is time again!  Fall workshops and seminarslogo

Mason bee events run from fall into April.  Mason bee workshops  usually run in the fall with introductory seminars from  Jan-April.  Ask your local garden store to have a mason bee seminar/workshop.  Check back to this page and see which workshop you might like to attend.  And let us know about local

seminars so we can let others know about these events.




Safe hatching and storage box
Petre dish

Harvested and cleaned mason bee cocoons stored in a petri dish.

Cocoon Scooper

Fall harvest: using a bee scoop to gently lift cocoons out of a wooden nesting tunnel.


Quicklock nesting trays easy to open, clean and get ready for next spring.

  • 27 SEPTEMBER AT QUALITY FARMS, Gibsons BC Fall Cleaning workshop.  Bring your mason bee homes and nests, cleaning tool and a newspaper.  We will show you how to carefully manage these wonderful critters.  This workshop is free.  Dr Margriet Dogterom, owner of Beediverse will be leading the workshop with assistance from others who have done it before.   If you are new at this hobby, she will go over what you need to start in order to get going with mason bees in the spring. Margriet is available for book signing. Please register by phoning Quality Farms at 250 886 7527. Workshop starts at 11am. Coffee and goodies at workshop. For people who don’t live on the Sunshine coast, you can catch a ferry from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver and arrive an hour later.




  • 4th October, Sunday.  Feast your senses at Saltspring Island Apple Festival.  Meet Dr Margriet Dogterom at Fulford Hall and bring questions about management of these lovely mason bees.  She will have Beediverse specials and is happy to do book signing.  She will do three 15 min talks on how to get started with mason bees- 10am, noon and 2pm.  Watch out for our Beediverse SPECIALS!.  Look over and wonder at  300+ apple varieties, Eat apple pie with cream – with known apple varieties, go on farm tours and much much more.  See you there.


  • 28th Nov, Saturday at Art Knapp, Courtenay.  Phone in and register at 250 338 2577.  Free workshop with Dr. Margriet Dogterom.  She will work with mason bee participants and demonstrate how to harvest cocoons and clean them.  The fascinating world of pests will be explored with a discussion on how to prevent these pests from attacking your mason bees. .  Bring your mason bee home and or nesting tunnels, a harvesting tool, and some newspaper for collecting the debris.


                 Ask ybrochure2015cropour local garden store to have a mason bee workshop.

      • Garden Stores
      • Wild Bird Stores
      • Back Yard Wild Bird Stores