RYE – Things will be buzzing at the March meeting of the Rye Driftwood Garden Club when gardening expert Barbara Longstaff presents a talk on Mason Bees: The Great and Gentle Pollinators. The program starts at 10 am, Tuesday, March 19 at the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye.
Longstaff is dedicated to raising awareness of the value of mason bees and the help needed to protect this important garden pollinator. In her talk, Longstaff will explore the unusual life of the mason bee, and what we can do to help this small, calm and gentle bee pollinate gardens with just a few simple actions. The bees are called mason bees for their propensity to build nests using bits of mud packed in small cavities like hollowed-out branches or abandoned woodpecker holes. Unlike social honey bees, mason bees are solitary pollinators. After building their nests and laying their eggs, they pollinate by carrying dry pollen that then drops on the shrubs, trees and flowers they pollinate.
The public is invited to attend this presentation. Non-club members are welcome for a suggested donation of $5. Before Longstaff’s presentation, the club will host a coffee half hour at 9:30 a.m., all welcome. For more information, visit the RDGC website at: www.ryenhgardenclub.org.