UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
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UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

Self Guided Tour Station 3: Native Bee Pollinator Garden

Pollinator_Garden

This section was designed to support populations of some of the many native bee species found in urban gardens of Oakland. This garden also attracts other pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies

This section of the garden was designed to support populations of some of the many native bee species found in the urban gardens of Oakland. Have a look at our handout “All the Buzz: Creating an Urban Garden Friendly to Native Bees” or it's available in the box on our Trials Garden shed.

This garden also attracts other pollinators, such as hummingbirds, butterflies, etc.

Pollinator Garden Features:

  • Plants, many are California Natives, were selected so that something is blooming year-round to ensure a continuous source of pollen and nectar for the bees. 
  • Areas of bare soil (no mulch) are present. Why? Approximately 70% of native bees are ground nesting! 
  • Nesting blocks are for the 30% of bees that are cavity nesting. Bumble bees nest in existing holes and cavities (inverted flower pot).

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