Why UC Davis Campus Is Place to 'Bee' on Sept. 28

Why UC Davis Campus Is Place to 'Bee' on Sept. 28

The UC Davis campus is the place to "bee" on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden, the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (named for its major donor), js celebrating its 10 anniversary, while the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is sponsoring its first fall plant sale of the season at its teaching nursery.

The two sites are a short distance from one another: the bee garden is on Bee Biology Road, next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, west of the central campus, while the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery is on Garrod Drive, near the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
The open house, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include sales of plants and native bee condos, honey tasting (honey from Sola Bee Honey, Woodland), catch-and-release bee observation and identification, and beekeeping and research displays. Several mini lectures are planned.

Visitors will see an analemmatic sundial--the only one of its kind in the Sacramento area--and they can discuss the sundial with dial master and beekeeper Rick Williams, M.D. to learn how the dial was created and the links between human and bee perception of the sun, according to manager Chris Casey. Visitors also will learn about "our research on bee use of ornamental landscape plants," she said. In addition, visitors can "donate a book on insects, gardening, or nature for our Little Free Library," she announced.

The schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Donor and volunteer recognition
  • 11 a.m.: Hive opening by beekeeper from the California Master Beekeepers' Association
  • 11:30: Mini lecture, "Getting Started with Beekeeping"
  • 12: Mini lecture, "Plants for Bees"
  • 12:30: Mini lecture, "Using Solitary Bee Houses"
  • 1 p.m.: Hive opening by beekeeper from the California Master Beekeepers' Association

UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden plant sale is open to members only (but you can join at the gate) from 9 to 11 a.m., and to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The organizers promise that the one-acre nursery will offer "an incredible selection of Arboretum All-Stars, California natives, and thousands of other attractive, low-water plants perfect for making your landscape come alive with environmentally important pollinators."

What plants are available for purchase? You can download the inventory here. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.  In addition to plants, you can buy native wildflower seeds. They will include small flowered fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii);  Elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculate);  Fort Miller clarkia (Clarkia williamsonii);  Yellow ray goldfields (Lasthenia glabrata);  Golden lupine (Lupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus);  Sky lupine (Lupinus nanus);  Lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia);  Vinegarweed (Trichostema lanceolatum); and Tomcat clover (Trifolium willdenovii). The packets are $3 (cash only).

The packets contain native wildflower seeds recommended by pollination ecologist Neal Williams, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and his lab. Their published research indicates that these are among the best annual and perennial plants for supporting pollinators--without enhancing potential pests.

More UC Davis Arboretum plant sales are scheduled Oct. 12 and Nov. 2.