Gardens have become increasingly important places for growing nutritional food, for conserving biodiversity, for biological and ecological research and education, and for community gathering. Gardens can also be designed with the goal of attracting aesthetically pleasing wildlife and pollinators, like birds and butterflies, but other important garden visitors, like bees, can also be drawn to specially planned and modified gardens. A community garden in San Luis Obispo, California provided the setting for modification with the goal of attracting native bee pollinators by planting known bee-attractive plants. The local gardeners participated in a survey questionnaire and focused interviews to provide their input and interest in such a project. Presentations on our work with native bees in urban environments and gardening to attract bees were also given to interested gardeners. Work of this type also benefited from a lead gardener who managed donated bee plants and kept up momentum of the project. Modification of the garden and monitoring of native bees started in 2007 and continued through the growing season of 2009. Diversity of collected and observed native bees has increased each year since 2007. To date, 40 species in 17 genera of mostly native bees have been recorded from the garden, and this number is expected to increase through time.
Pawelek, Jaime; Frankie, G W.; Thorp, Robbin W.; and Przybylski, Maggie
"Modification of a Community Garden to Attract Native Bee Pollinators in Urban San Luis Obispo, California,"
Cities and the Environment (CATE):
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol2/iss1/7