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Saturday, April 1st 10am – 3pm

A fun & educational day where the nursery will be buzzing with all things bees!

We’ve gathered a swarm of bee experts for an educational and fun filled day at our first ever BEE BASH. Come learn from some of the Bay Area’s leading experts about native bees and what you can do to help them, including preserving habitat, and planting and gardening with bees in mind. Find out which plants are most likely to attract and sustain bees in your area – and how to plant a seasonal succession of blooms so they have food sources year round.

The day will also include demonstration hives and bee expert booths plus kid’s crafts, music and food vendors. Open to all ages! Bring your questions!

More details to come.

Schedule of Events
10am Jennifer Jewell: “Invitations From and To the Garden: Cultivating Places & People”
11am John Whittlesey: “Bumble Bees - Their Natural History & Designing Gardens to Support Them”
12:30pm Tora Rocha & Angela Laws: “Maintaining Native Bee Habitats”
1:30pm Gordon Frankie: “Characteristics of Pollinator Habitat Gardens”
10am - 3pm Stop buy one of our bee information tables, arts & craft area, grab a snack or pick up some cool merch from one of the bee-related vendors who will be joining us at the Bee Bash.

(See speaker's bios below)


List of Participating Vendors

Gigi’s One Bite Wonder - handcrafted gourmet doughnuts created in small batches with locally sourced ingredients. Learn more at Doughnuts | Gigi's One Bite Wonder

Edith’s Pies - delish sweet or savory slices & hand-pies! Learn more at Edith’s Pie

Very Fairy-Manda’s Fairy Hair Spa - Get your fairy hair done along with sound healing, fairy blessing -using tuning forks, affirmation cards & aromatherapy. Learn more at Very Fairy-manda

CA Wild Flowers & Climate Change "Beauty & the Beast" Author book signing -
learn more at WinterBadger Home

Miss Bee Brentwood - honey, beeswax candles, soaps, and more bee-utiful treats.
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Guest Speaker Bios.
Jennifer Jewell - is the host of the national award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden.

The author of The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press in 2020), and Under Western Skies, Visionary Gardens from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast (Timber Press, May 2021), in late 2023, her third book, What We Sow - focusing on the importance of seed in our personal, cultural, garden, environmental, and economic lives - will be published by Timber Press.

Jewell’s greatest passion is elevating the way we think and talk about gardening, the empowerment of gardeners, and the possibility inherent in the intersection between places, environments, cultures, individuals and the gardens that bring them together beautifully – for the better of all the lives on this generous planet.; Instagram @cultivating_place; Facebook @cultivatingplace.NSPR.

John Whittlesey - is a nurseryman, garden designer, and author who has spent many years designing and installing climate-appropriate gardens with the purpose of attracting more wildlife into the garden. His book, The Plant Lovers Guide to Salvias, was published by Timber Press in 2014. He is a strong believer that we become more connected to our garden spaces when our gardens become more than just pretty places, but rather are vibrant habitats where birds and insects thrive.

Tora Rocha - is the founder and leader of Oakland’s Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group that creates “pollinator corridors” in and around Oakland. As a supervisor for Oakland’s Public Works Agency, Tora has helped turn Oakland’s parks into an urban oasis for so many of our winged and feathered friends - and she wants to share that knowledge with gardeners near and far! Instagram: @pollinatorposse

Gordon Frankie - is a professor emeritus and research entomologist in the department of Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. His specialty is behavioral ecology of solitary bees in wildland and urban environments.


OPEN 7 DAYS, 9 am - 5 pm

Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
(888) 266-4370