Buzzing at the Campus Buzzway

Apr 6, 2010

The Campus Buzzway, a quarter-acre field of wildflowers planted last fall near the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, is brilliant in gold and blue, the UC Davis colors.

The gold: California poppies. The blue (blue/purple): lupine.

There's also coreopsis or tickseed planted there but it just finished blooming last fall.

The Buzzway, funded by Häagen-Dazs, is located next to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden designed by the Sausalito team of landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker, interpretative planner Jessica Brainard and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki.

The public opening of the two bee friendly gardens, initially slated for June, is expected to take place in the fall, probably in September, but no date has officially been set.

Spring, summer, fall and winter--expect great things in these two gardens. They will be a year-around food source for the honey bees at the Laidlaw Facility and surrounding area; a food source for various other insects, including native bees and butterflies; and an educational experience for visitors. Folks can glean information on what to plant in their own yards or create a bee friendly garden.

There's an old saying that "All that glitters is not gold." As for as the bees and the bee scientists at UC Davis, are concerned, this IS gold.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

CAMPUS BUZZWAY at UC Davis is awash in gold and blue: California poppies and lupine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Campus Buzzway

HONEY BEE gathers pollen from lupine on the Campus Buzzway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee on Lupine

HONEY BEES frequent California poppies in the Campus Buzzway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee on a Poppy