Synopses & Reviews
Who knew modern civilization may be brought down, not by plagues or war, but by bees? Or, more correctly, by no bees? This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. In ecological terms, bees play a critical role in the survival of many plant communities and continuation of life on this planet. No pollination, no seeds. No seeds, no future.
Now that bees are facing unprecedented levels of die-off caused by a toxic mixture of environmental stresses, a community-based effort is needed to make gardens, fields and landscapes healthy sanctuaries for bees. Just as citizens banded together to produce Victory Gardens to offset the perilous food shortages of World Wars I and II, now a similarly vital level of collective effort is needed to make our gardens into lifesaving shelters for these essential creatures.
Planning a bee-friendly space can provide a beautiful and bountiful selection of edible crops, native plants and fragrant ornamentals, as well as herbs that have medicinal properties for both pollinators and people. With the help of ten inspiring garden plans and planting guides, Weidenhammer shows how bee-friendly plants can be used in creative combinations for plots and pots of all sizes, and are easily grown by novices and seasoned gardeners alike. In the spirit of the history-making Victory Gardens, readers will learn how to pack optimum benefits into a limited space for the survival of hive and home, and backyard beekeepers will learn great planting strategies for making sure their honeybees are healthy and have ample food to overwinter.
Victory Gardens for Bees is also buzzing with DIY projects that will provide nesting sites and essential supplies for precious pollinators. With plenty of photographs to help readers identify bees of all stripes, beekeeping tips and other interesting bee-phemera, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to do their part to save bees.
Weidenhammer (aka Madame Beespeaker or the Queen Bee) an interdisciplinary artist beekeeper and educator focuses this guide on what individuals can do to help ailing bee populations. She believes that "if we want to protect our pollinators and the very survival of life on our planet we need to grow Victory Gardens for Bees" in a collective effort akin to those used to offset food shortages after both world wars. Weidenhammer begins with a lengthy section on how to identify different types of bees in North America including information on what they look like which plants they prefer and where they tend to live. She also provides several sections on various plants that can be beneficial for bees and helpfully notes various trios of companion plants for amateur gardeners who aren't sure which plants work well together. The end of each section includes useful summary charts of plant hardiness maximum height and health benefits to humans (where applicable). There are 10 illustrated suggestions for bee victory garden layouts. As climate change pesticides and modernization ravage bee populations across the globe Weidenhammer responds with helpful advice useful information and a can do attitude. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. Her father kept bees when she was a child, and years later, she found herself pulled into the culture and science of bees and caring for beehives in her backyard. For the past seven years she has been exploring the persona Madame Beespeaker at venues across the country, sharing the tradition of and#147;telling the bees.and#8221; She also regularly appears as the Queen Bee at schools and community events. As an artist and educator Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators and guerrilla gardening.