DATE: Friday, April 22, 2016
TIME: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
PRESENTER: Garden designer and author Kate Frey
LOCATION: Marin County Civic Center Library, Room 427, San Rafael

Planting pollinator gardens not only ensures your vegetables, flowers, and fruit trees are pollinated, but can help perpetuate plant species that depend on pollination—which includes over 70% of the world’s plants. The good news is that the same flowers that offer pollen and nectar rewards to bees also make people happy. Though many of us think of honeybees when we think of pollinators, there are 4,000 species of native bees in the U.S. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, bee expert and professor Gretchen LeBuhn, and award-winning garden designer Kate Frey describe what you need to know to create a stunningly beautiful, vibrant, safe, healthy garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our native bees. Join us for a free presentation as Kate introduces us to some of our common bee groups, and shows colorful examples of gardens that foster pollinators. Afterward, Kate will sign copies of her book, which can be purchased at the talk for $20 (payment in cash and checks only).

Kate Frey works as an international garden designer, consultant, and educator specializing in ecologically-friendly gardens and small farms. She has won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, participated in garden shows in Japan and Malaysia, and consulted for 2 years on a Prince’s organic farm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She directed the Sustainable Landscape Program at Sonoma State University for 5 years and gives many presentations each year to horticultural groups, garden clubs, and Master Gardeners.

Location: The Marin County Civic Center Library is located on the fourth floor of the Marin County Civic Center in Room 427, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.