Desert Institute of Gardening: Buzz About Bees

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Desert Institute of Gardening: Buzz About Bees
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Sun 5 April 2020
Sunday 5 April 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Class ​Description: ​

Master ​Gardeners ​Lee ​Ann ​Aronson ​and ​Mike ​Hills ​will ​discuss ​current ​natural ​and ​human ​threats ​upon ​the ​pollinator ​population ​and ​how ​your ​home ​garden ​can ​improve ​their ​future. ​They ​will ​also ​discuss ​concerns ​about ​Africanized ​Honeybees ​and ​their ​behavior ​so ​you ​can ​better ​understand ​what ​these ​bees ​are ​doing ​in ​your ​family's ​garden ​and ​yard. You ​will ​leave ​with ​a ​much ​better ​understanding ​of ​your ​role ​in ​the ​health ​of ​our ​critical ​pollinators. ​One ​third ​of ​our ​food ​relies ​on ​native ​bees ​and ​honeybees, ​so ​a ​better ​understanding ​is ​crucial ​to ​our ​future. ​PLEASE ​NOTE: ​This ​is ​not ​a ​class ​in ​raising ​honeybees.  ​  ​ 

Participants ​will:

  • Be ​made ​aware ​of ​the ​plight ​of ​the ​bees.
  • Understand ​Colony ​Collapse ​Disorder.
  • Identify ​Native ​Bees ​versus ​Honeybees ​and ​other ​stinging ​insects, ​and ​their behaviors.
  • Learn ​when ​not ​to ​“bee” ​afraid ​of ​Honeybees. 
  • Learn why backyard native plants are important to bees.
  • Practice safe IPM management that will not harm bees.

Public Ticket price: $20

Certified Master Gardener & Associate Members: $10

MG Interns: $10

Presented by Lee ​Ann ​Aronson ​and ​Mike ​Hills 


Lee ​Ann ​Aronson ​is ​a ​native ​of ​Phoenix, ​AZ. ​She ​began ​her ​interest ​in ​bees ​at ​age ​14 ​months; ​when, ​as ​she ​watched ​a ​bee, ​she ​got ​up ​and ​walked ​for ​the ​first ​time ​as ​it ​flew ​from ​flower ​to ​flower. ​Lee ​Ann ​is ​a ​graduate ​of ​Arizona ​State ​University. ​She ​completed ​her ​Master ​Gardener ​instruction ​in ​2002 ​and ​often ​presents ​for ​the ​Master ​Gardener ​program ​at ​Home ​& ​Garden ​Shows, ​gardening ​clubs ​and ​community ​organizations.  ​She ​has ​been ​an ​editor ​for ​the ​Arizona ​Herb ​Association ​newsletter ​for ​more ​than ​a ​decade. 



Mike ​Hills, ​a ​Master ​Gardener ​since ​1996, ​grew ​up ​in ​Southern ​California ​and ​Arizona, ​and ​has ​gardened ​locally ​since ​moving ​to ​Tucson ​with ​his ​family ​in ​1965.  ​Mike ​kept ​honeybees ​as ​a ​teenager ​in ​Scottsdale ​in ​the ​1970s ​before ​the ​arrival ​of ​the ​Africanized ​honeybees, ​and ​is ​returning ​to ​beekeeping ​with ​one ​of ​his ​sisters. He ​has ​a ​bachelor’s ​degree ​in ​Agronomy ​and ​Plant ​Sciences ​from ​the ​University ​of ​Arizona ​CALS. ​Mike ​worked ​internationally ​in ​the ​turf ​and ​forage ​planting ​seed ​industry ​since ​1980.  ​He ​serves ​on ​the ​board ​of ​the ​Arizona ​Crop ​Improvement ​Association, ​chairs ​the ​Maricopa ​County ​Extension ​Advisory ​Board ​and ​guides ​herb ​tours ​at ​the ​Boyce ​Thompson ​Arboretum. ​He ​was ​past ​president ​of ​the ​Arizona ​Herb ​Association ​and ​continues ​his ​interest ​through ​the ​herb ​demonstration ​garden ​at ​Maricopa ​County ​Extension ​where ​he ​manages ​it ​with ​MG ​Pam ​Perry.

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