12th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour


Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 2210:00 AM-5:00 PM

A self-guided, county-wide tour of 47 beautiful and inspiring gardens. Learn about native plants, garden design and wildlife habitat. View photos and detailsfor each garden. 

 Early bird ticket prices through Sunday, March 1.

Tickets: $25-$35 at theodorepayne.org, and at Potted in Atwater Village, The G2 Gallery in Venice, and Sea Lab in Redondo Beach. http://www.nativeplantgardentour.org/

Theodore Payne 2014 Fall Plant Sale (Fri-Sat, Oct 17-18)



Los Angeles Times   By Debra Prinzing October 16, 2014     

Landscaping with California native plants has probably never been more compelling than it is today, when gardeners throughout Southern California are taking drastic measures to keep their yards looking green or, at the very least, alive.

"Natives are adapted to our seasons," says Kitty Connolly, executive director of the Sun Valley-based Theodore Payne Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to California native plants. "Now is the perfect time to plant so that you will have a beautiful garden next spring. Most of these plants are dormant in the summer, but they take advantage of cool weather to grow."

We asked three veterans of the 2014 Native Plant Tour, held in April, to share their tips and favorite plants...

Read more... http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-native-gardening-20141016-story.html#page=1

(The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association would like to thank the Theodore Payne Foundation for providing bee-friendly native plants for the Bee Booth at the Los Angeles County Fair this year.)

The Secret Life of Native Bees

Ensia   By Enrique Gili   12/19/13

The Secret Life of Native Bees

As colony collapse disorder takes its toll on honeybees, native bees draw attention as an insurance policy for future food security.

Over the last decade biologists, citizen scientists and others have fanned out across the United States and parts of Latin America to detect the presence of native bees in the landscape. It’s an effort by the U.S. Geological Survey to get a sense of the overall health and status of native bees, some 4,000 species of which are known to...

Read more... http://ensia.com/articles/the-secret-life-of-native-bees/

The Wild Ones   By  Enrique Gili   12/19/13

                   Photography by the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Program

Established in 2004 by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bee Monitoring and Inventory Lab and its director, Sam Droege, were tasked with creating long-range surveys of bee populations to determine whether native bees are in decline. “We’re lacking a lot of data,” Droege says. Determining the health and status of native bee populations, though, depends on the ability to identify them in the first place.

So Droege created a database that currently contains approximately 1,400 high-resolution images (though more are continually being added) of bees and other species they mix with in the wild that biologists, citizen scientists and others have sent the USGS. The images were made using a macro lens at the bee lab in Maryland, creating images remarkable in detail that are used in guides and for identification purposes.

To read more about the work of the Bee Monitoring and Inventory Lab and others, read “The Secret Life of Native Bees” at Ensia, and to see more images from the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab database, go to Sam Droege’s Flickr page.

Related article and amazing pictures of bees at Artcentron.


Small Patches of Native Plants Help Boost Pollination Services in Large Farms

(The following is brought to us by the American Bee Journal.) 12/6/12 

A combined team of scientists from Europe and South Africa (Luísa G. Carvalheiro (University of Leeds, UK & Naturalis Biodiversity Research Centre, Netherlands), Colleen Seymour and Ruan Veldtman (SANBI, South Africa) and Sue Nicolson (University of Pretoria)) have discovered that pollinator services of large agriculture fields can be enhanced with a simple cost-effective measure, that involves the creation of small patches of native plants within fruit orchards.

"Mango farmers in South Africa are aware of the pollination limitation of this crop and invest a substantial amount of money renting honeybee hives to supplement pollination within the large farmland areas. However, while during blooming season, mango fields can have millions of open flowers, those flowers are not very attractive to neither local wild pollinators nor managed honeybees." says the lead author Luísa Carvalheiro.

While pesticide use and isolation from natural habitat lead to declines in flying visitors and in mango production (kg of marketable fresh fruit), the results of this study show that the presence of small patches of native flowers within large farms can ameliorate such negative impacts, increasing the number of visits of honeybee and wild pollinators to mango, and consequently mango production. As these patches do not compromise production areas and its maintenance has very low costs, such native flower compensation areas represent a profitable management measure for farmers, increasing cost-effectiveness of cropland. Further studies are needed to determine the optimum size and flower composition of such flower areas that maximizes benefits.

However, the effectiveness of flower patches is likely dependent on the preservation of remaining patches of natural habitat and judicious use of pesticides. The study was published in Journal of Applied Ecology, fieldwork was funded by SANBI – South African National Biodiversity Institute and data analyses by the project STEP – 'Status and Trends of European Pollinators' that is funded by the European Union Framework Program 7.

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