The Bee-Friendly Garden
Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn
This lovely book is loaded with interesting information about how anyone can create a bee-friendly garden. The cover alone made me want to dive right in. The chapters are informative and well organized. They begin with the importance of bees and moves on to what type of plants one can use to attract bees in a typical garden as well as in an edible garden.
The authors also give great tips for designing a garden to attract different types of bees. I particularly liked the Chapter entitled Bee garden basics which gave instructions on how to create nesting sites for bees. One of the things that make this such a great book is the inclusion of lots of photos that allow the reader to visualize what the authors are describing. I came away with a lot of ideas about what plants I could incorporate into my garden in order to encourage more bees.
I also came away knowing so much more about how many different types of bees there are and other interesting information. For example, I was unaware that bees are able to see blues, yellow and whites more so than pinks or reds. This book made me realize that I need to pay more attention to what is attracted to my garden and why.
The fact that spring is just around the corner makes this book a must have for any gardener or anyone who is interested in helping bees flourish. The list of bee friendly plants included makes it easy for anyone to head out to a local nursery and get started creating a fun, useful and nurturing garden.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.