Grai Rice and Chris Harp at honeybeelives.org* recently sent out a very helpful list for establishing a bee-friendly garden in the Northeast:
"It's that time of year again for us to think towards warmer weather! The seed catalogues are arriving and we can begin to envision another season of growth on our amazing planet. Honeybees, and other pollinators, are an invaluable and ever more fragile component of a healthy environment facilitating a fecund harvest and a vibrant flower garden.
I am attaching a list of honeybee plants for the Northeast. Please consider maintaining good forage to help our honeybees, and we also encourage you to become informed about the effects of pesticide / fungicide use even in the home environment. Michael Schacker's book A Spring Without Bees (now available in paperback) is a good place to gain knowledge of some of the issues and concerns."
The complete list can be found here at their site.
*HoneybeeLives teaches organic beekeeping and provides apiary services with Bee Doctor Chris Harp.
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Unfortunately this list doesn't include hardly any native plants, and more than a few invasives. I'd suggest this list instead, which includes regionally native plant that will support honey bees, native bees, and other pollinators: http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MidAtlanticPlantList_web.pdf
The Boalsburg Garden Club would like to host a speaker about bees and gardens, and memberships.I have been trying to find a number
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