UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
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Self Guided Tour Station 4: Native Bee Pollinator Garden

Station 4: Native Bee Pollinator Garden

STATION 4:  NATIVE BEE POLLINATOR GARDEN

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. Our handout “All the Buzz: Creating an Urban Garden Friendly to Native Bees” is available in the box on our Trials Garden shed, plus on our website. This garden also attracts other pollinators, such as hummingbirds, butterflies, etc.

Features are:

  • Plants, many of which are California natives, that are attractive to the bees. We have selected plants so that something is blooming year-round to ensure a continuous source of pollen and nectar.
  • Bare soil for the approximately 70% of native bees that are ground-nesting.
  • Bee nesting blocks for the remaining 30% of native bees, which are wood-nesting.
  • Signage with a link to our website where more information can be found about native bees and the plants that attract them.

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