This brand new book by a beekeeper and gardener with a lifetime of experience is a great addition to any gardener’s, wildlife enthusiast’s, or beekeeper’s library. Whether you just want to help out struggling native or honeybee populations being decimated by colony collapse disorder, or you are a food gardener who wants to attract pollinators, or you are a beekeeper, this book is the go-to reference guide for bee-friendly gardening. Other species of pollinators will benefit, too.
Author Peter Lindtner has been head horticulturist at the world-renowned E.I. DuPont Garden at Hagley Museum, the original site of the DuPont company, for more than 30 years. I know Lindtner. He live lives a few miles away from where my family lived in Delaware. His daughter is friends with my sister. Lindtner is a Czech immigrant, while his wife is a Hungarian immigrant, so our families have a shared ethnic history. His daughter helped him with computer and internet-related book tasks.
From the book Introduction: “Have you ever wondered why honey bees are more attracted to certain flowering plants and not others? Which flowering plants are better sources of nectar and pollen? What can we do and how can we promote honey bee friendly gardens? What are the best trees, shrubs and plants we can plant to maximize honey production?”
“My interest in honey bee attracting plants began when I was 15 years old. … During my studies for my Masters Degree in Plant Science, at the University of Delaware, I conduct(ed) research on the pollen collection from four beehives in a specific location. I collected pollen pellets for eight months, twice a week, beginning in early March through November. During this time I produced thousands of color slides, black and white pictures, and images from a scan electron microscope. I have selected approximately 700 of these images to illustrate this book.”
“Beekeepers should be familiar with nectar and pollen plants surrounding their apiaries to maintain successful honey producing beehives. They can encourage park authorities, garden owners and nature lovers to plant more bee attractive plants which will bloom throughout the growing season.”
“Small gardens provide a more natural and organic environment for honey bees since they typically aren’t sprayed with poisonous chemicals unlike monocultures which are sprayed systematically. This strongly supports my idea in using garden plants for improving “bee pasture” (the significance of wild and cultivated plants, bushes and trees that supply forage for bees with plentiful nectar and/or pollen). “
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