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Honey Bee Haven hosts fundraiser and more

Zoom sessions and videos part of garden outreach

Bee on lavender blossom
Bees love lavender. Learn more about bees and help the Honey Bee Haven at UC Davis this month.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Bees can use a helping hand. So could the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

Located on the UC Davis campus, this half-acre pollinator garden is devoted to bee pollinator conservation and education. Many different kinds of bees (not just honey bees) frequent this habitat, which is open free to the public daily.

Although the Honey Bee Haven kept buzzing during the pandemic, its major source of funding – public events – evaporated during 2020. So, the Honey Bee Haven launched a month-long Crowdfunding drive on Monday. (Despite the founding name, the site did not receive funding from Häagen-Dazs after its first few years.)

“We normally earn most of our operating funds through classes and tours, but this revenue was lost in 2020 because of COVID closures,” explained Christine Casey, who oversees the garden. “Our goal for the month is to raise $5,000 for purchase of plants, tools, and irrigation supplies. Any amount is welcome and all donors will be recognized.”

To donate, go to:

During this month-long fund drive, the Honey Bee Haven also will host two Zoom chats as well as debut two new videos.

At 12:15 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, join Casey for half-hour question and answer sessions. She’ll start each Tuesday lunchtime session with a quick tour of the garden, highlighting what’s blooming and who’s buzzing in the Honey Bee Haven. Then she’ll answer any questions about bees and bee-friendly plants. All viewers are welcome to these free sessions. No advance registration is necessary.

To join the Feb. 9 session on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 966 3997 6701

Passcode: 202584.

To join the Feb. 23 session on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 995 0184 7681

Passcode: 672621.

In addition, the Honey Bee Haven will release two new videos – “Making a Solitary Bee House” and “Bee Diversity”-- on its YouTube channel at 10 a.m. Feb. 15. Already on the channel are short videos on creating a bee garden, identification of common bees and bees at work in the edible garden.

View them at:

Catch the buzz yourself. Visit the Honey Bee Haven and see the bees in action as well as discover more than 200 varieties of bee-friendly plants, which will soon start spring bloom.

With free parking as well as free admission, the garden is open dawn to dusk every day but Tuesdays, when it opens at noon. The Honey Bee Haven is located at 1 Bee Biology Road. Go west of main campus on Hutchison Drive, turn left on Hopkins Drive and left on Bee Biology Road.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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