Bees, Blossoms and Butterflies Featured at Master Gardeners' 2017 Fall Seminar

Flier for 2017 Fall Seminar, Bees, Blossoms and Butterflies. Photo: KCMGA
Flier for 2017 Fall Seminar, Bees, Blossoms and Butterflies. Photo: KCMGA

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Kaufman County Master Gardeners hosted their Fall Seminar at the First Methodist Church in Forney. Beekeeping and gardening for bees and other pollinators was the focus of the program.

Blake Shook, owner of Desert Creek Honey, spoke about the basics of beekeeping and about the similarities and differences among three types of beekeepers: hobbyists who want bees for pollination and/or honey for personal use, sideliners who want several hives to harvest honey for extra money and commercial keepers who make their livings from bees and bee products.

Blake Shook, owner of Desert Creek Honey Photo: Blake Shook.

Becky Bender of budsandthebees.com updated us on our vanishing honeybees and shared ways we can all help. Her program focus was on using a diversity of native and well-adapted plants to provide attractive, ecologically-responsible honey bee habitat.

Becky Bender of Buds and the Bees. Photo: KCMGA.
Becky Bender of Buds and the Bees. Photo: KCMGA.

A silent auction and plant sale were held in conjunction with the seminar. Participants also enjoyed light refreshments prepared by the Master Gardeners.

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