Extremely enlightening information that changed my fear of bees into fascination and love.

Lauren Warner

5 Stars

September 11, 2017

When I first picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I've always had a healthy respect, bordering on fear, of bees. I mean, who likes to be stung? I remember running through the yard, barefooted, and stepping on something that left me with nothing but pain and tears. Ya, I learned to avoid them. 

This book describes, in detail, the benefits bees provide to our gardens and our lives. It speaks in depth about what flowers are attractive to which buzzing insects --- and those that are not attractive. It goes into detail about the different species of bees - Yellow-Faced, Polyester, Sweat, Miner, Perdita, Carder, Leafcutter, Bumblebees, Honeybees and Carpenter bees. 

I loved that this book laid out how to garden both for beauty and for attracting bees. It speaks to those with large and small areas, beginner and expert gardeners. It covers garden types - meadow, modern minimalist, and typical American gardens. My favorite....was the lawn replacement. Learning how to replace boring glass with bee friendly plants - beautiful and beneficial plants - is something I can't wait to do.

"What was a nondescript front yard that the neighbors just walked by became a flower-filled place for Kate's mother to meet people and talk - occupations she really enjoyed. People stopped by often and chatted with her and commented on the beauty of the garden, the interesting plants in it, and all the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies that visited. The garden only took a couple of hours of maintenance a month, about half of what the lawn used to take, and the water bill went way down by about one-half as well."

Overall I cannot recommend this book enough. The photos are beautiful and the information is invaluable and easy to digest.