Sunday, February 14, 2016

Why Bees Are Dying and What We Can Do About It - Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

What do you get when you pair a garden designer and a bee expert together to collaborate on a book? You get a spectacular book that contains a wealth of enlightening information!

As stated on the back of the book, “Most people don’t understand the need to plant for pollinators to achieve productive vegetable gardens, or that pollination and beauty go together.” This is so true. Many people don’t give a thought to where the food we eat comes from before it arrives in our local grocery stores. However, much of what we eat requires insect pollination in order to grow. Therefore, bees and other pollinators are absolutely critical to our survival.

© 2016 The Bee-Friendly Garden, Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn

Over recent decades, bees have been steadily dying out. The overuse of insecticides, rapid climate change and a severe decrease in appropriate habitat have all contributed to the steady decline in pollinators, and bees in particular. Looking at these causes can help us rectify the problems and books like “The Bee-Friendly Garden” are invaluable resources for doing just that.

© 2016 The Bee-Friendly Garden, Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn

This book shows readers ways to counteract the threat to bee survival. The first way is to become aware that the issue even exists. One of the very first pages, “How Bee Gardens Help Bees” (page 10) discusses the how’s and why’s for the steady decline of bees. Chapter One, “Our Friends, the Bees”, contains an enormous amount of information regarding how beneficial these busy little workers are to our own survival. From there, the book lays out a comprehensive plan for designing a flower-filled garden that will attract bees on a regular basis.

© 2016 The Bee-Friendly Garden, Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn

The photos contained in this book are gorgeous. Bee-friendly flowers are captured in all their glorious color. The close-ups of bees shown during the process of pollination are fascinating, stunning and educational. This book should appeal to a wide variety of readers. Gardeners, educators, children and anyone who eats will find value in “The Bee-Friendly Garden”. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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