Bees are responsible for one out of three bites of food we eat — therefore we need to safeguard our food supply by increasing the population of solitary bees, such as mason bees, and working to create and protect their habitat.

These gentle bees work side-by-side with honey bees to pollinate home gardens as well as major food crops such as cherries and almonds. Super pollinators, solitary bees don’t make honey, and instead spend all their energy pollinating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers.

Together with Crown Bees, we would like to encourage you to consider being a part of the solution and not only help increase public awareness about native bees, but also to erect bee houses in ACGA gardens.

Consider supporting your favorite ACGA member garden by participating in Crown Bees’ Native Bee Share program to increase local pollination. Each Native Bee Share kit includes:

  • A cedar bee house – choose Chalet or Cottage style
  • Sponsorship plaque, custom engraved
  • Laminated educational signs to teach the community
  • 24-hole reusable wood nesting tray for spring mason bees
  • 52-hole reusable wood nesting tray for summer leafcutter bees
  • 20 spring mason bee cocoons acclimated to your region
  • 100 summer leafcutter cocoons incubated and ready to emerge
  • InvitaBee attractant for summer leafcutter bees
  • Native Bee Guide: our step by step 26-page booklet
  • Total Accessories Package:
    • HumidiBee: a humidifier for overwintering mason bee cocoons
    • InvitaBee Plus: exclusive mason bee pheromone attractant
    • BeeGuard Bag: fine mesh bag for protecting developing cocoons
    • Mason Bee Mud Mix: dry clayey mud mix in the texture spring mason bees need
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Support from Crown Bees in person and online

The bee house creates awareness of our native bees and provides education to visitors of the gardens, while also providing pollination to the garden’s flowers and crops. Native Bee Share is win-win-win!

With your help, we will take some of the pressure off honey bees, increase awareness of gentle bees and diversify the bees that pollinate our food.

For more information about Crown Bees visit https://crownbees.com/native-bee-share.

 

cute male mason bee