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    September 27, 2017 Meeting    

Alison Gillspie:

Welcoming Bees to Your Backyard and Garden

The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD.

Please join us for a program titled, “Welcoming Bees to Your Backyard and Garden.” Alison Gillespie, will talk about how all over North America, bees are faltering from myriad problems. Interestingly, news about their struggles has caused the emergence of a new kind of beekeeper, one who is often young, female, and seeking to provide honey bees a safe home in the city.

Author and wildlife gardener Alison Gillespie spent a year following urban beekeepers in the core cities of the Mid-Atlantic, and then wrote about the experience in her book Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World. In many surprising "unnatural" locations, the bees form an important link for people to the natural world, and those who tend to city hives are often as interesting as the bees themselves. During her talk, Alison will discuss both the ways of beekeepers and the habitats of wild bees. She'll also talk about some of the many ways gardeners can help the bees, no matter if their gardens are big or small, urban or rural. For more info visit the book’s website at: www.hivesinthecity.com.

Alison Gillespie is an author and writer on environmental topics, and has written for the Smithsonian, Modern Farmer, and the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Alison gardens and lives in Silver Springs where she can watch bees land on flower tops in the summer and birds find berries in the winter.

The public is welcome and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring something to exchange: a plant, cutting or garden tool or magazine: bring something, take something! Refreshments will be served after the talk.

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